Combustible Celluloid Review - Operation Mincemeat (2022), Michelle Ashford, based on a book by Ben Macintyre, John Madden, Colin Firth, Matthew Macfadyen, Kelly Macdonald, Penelope Wilton, Johnny Flynn, Jason Isaacs
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With: Colin Firth, Matthew Macfadyen, Kelly Macdonald, Penelope Wilton, Johnny Flynn, Jason Isaacs
Written by: Michelle Ashford, based on a book by Ben Macintyre
Directed by: John Madden
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for strong language, some sexual content, brief war violence, disturbing images, and smoking
Running Time: 128
Date: 05/11/2022
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Operation Mincemeat (2022)

2 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Greece Trap

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

John Madden (Shakespeare in Love) directs Operation Mincemeat, a WWII story that's too static and relies too much on dialogue and exposition, but the story itself is so bizarre and the movie is so well-acted that it's well worth seeing. In 1943, the Allied Forces are expected to invade Sicily. But the problem is that the Germans are expecting this, and will surely be there to counter the attack. So Lieutenant Commander Ewen Montagu (Colin Firth) becomes part of a secret team whose job is to put together a ruse that will convince the Germans that the Allies are actually intending to invade Greece. The ruse involves fake papers, a dead body, and any number of strange puzzle pieces that must be assembled to perfection, with time running out. Oh, and another member of Ewan's team is none other than young Ian Fleming (Johnny Flynn), who would go on to write a series of books about a secret agent named James Bond! Matthew Macfadyen, Kelly Macdonald, and Jason Isaacs also star.

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