by Jasper PriceAnd Third year theater and show
Colin Firth triumphs in this star-studded tale of deceit and ingenuity set in the shadowy realm of wartime espionage. The film is full of wit and humour, and delivers an utterly charming narration of an untold true story, one that definitely deserves to be told.
In recent years there has been what appears to be an increase in the number of wartime spy movies, imitation game (2014), worst case (2017) and Soldier Tinker Tailor Spy (2011) to name a few. All of these versions come in a similar format. Take several famous English actors, dress them in tweed and add a touch of quirky British exoticism for good measure. As more about our recent history is explored, so are the weird and wonderful stories that have been categorized for many years. And here we have another for the heap.
John Madden presents Mincemeat . Operation, the true tale of MI5’s daring mission to lead the Nazis, by making them believe that an invasion of Sicily was actually going to take place in Greece. The operation team, led by the stern but humorous Ewen Montague (played by Colin Firth) and the confusing and exaggerated Charles Cholmondele (Matthew Macfayden) planned to drop a corpse bearing forged documents off the coast of Spain in the hope that the invasion “plans” would find their way to Berlin, and thus succeed. bloodsucking
They are aided in this mission by a strong and diverse cast including Johnny Flynn, Kelly MacDonald, Jason Isaacs, and Penelope Wilton. Flynn, played by Debonair author Ian Fleming, also served as the film’s narrator, as Flynn’s classic British purring guides us through the plot line.
From the team’s selection of a suitable corpse, to the invention of a life for the deceased man, and finally the final process, the main plot of the film was going with a pace and intensity that I liked. The quick montages of Firth and MacFayden as they walked through different morgues, and picking the right candidate was fun. So was the team that created this person’s life, too.
There were comedic moments scattered as well, like Firth trying to carry a corpse into a chair so it could be photographed—with the classic Colin Firth. When the film got to the main quest, the viewers were nervous; Again, quick cuts helped here. Hopping from the MI5 Situation Room to the front lines and back, I felt like we were part of the action.
The excitement of the main plot was not shared when it came to the many subplots that seemed to be related to the movie. The tired, cliched love triangle between Firth and MacDonald and McFadden was simply unnecessary, adding nothing but time to a movie that could have lost forty-five minutes quite easily. There was also an unsolved plot plot about Montague’s brother, played by Mark Gates, who may have been a Russian spy, which added a little again. These subplots meant that the main event often felt rushed, as if all of these storylines were taking life away from what would have been an entirely thrilling story.
MacDonald and MacFadden steal the show for me, as MacDonald captures the soul of Jane, a secretary caught between love and war. She showed great depth and approached the role with subtle confidence. McFadden also had a varied performance, from an awkward and timid flight lieutenant to a stern and responsible captain. Other notable performances included Jason Isaacs as Godfrey, the straight talk leader of the cast and Flynn as Fleming, who added a wry wits to every scene he was in, despite constant nods to his famous literary creation being a bit on the nose at times.
In general, I would say that the movie has something for everyone, which is precisely why I can fault it. The movie clearly tries very hard to fit in as much variety as possible, and thus departs from the true heart of the movie. We really don’t need more romance in WWII movies. This story speaks for itself and when Madden gives the audience the line, his skill shines through and he creates something intriguing and fun.
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