Watch: Operation Mincemeat 2021 123movies, Full Movie Online – In the context of WW2 narratives, the story of Operation Mincemeat is unique a bizarre and seductive cinematic blend of high-level espionage and ingenious fiction, where the stakes could hardly be higher. Michelle Ashford’s script fuses multiple strands and moods: tense, romantic, thrilling, unexpectedly funny, and endlessly surprising. It tells a richly human story of the soldiers we seldom see, who fight a different kind of war in shadows and deception, haunted by the knowledge that certainty and guarantee of success are nowhere to be found..
Plot: In 1943, two British intelligence officers concoct Operation Mincemeat, wherein their plan to drop a corpse with false papers off the coast of Spain would fool Nazi spies into believing the Allied forces were planning to attack by way of Greece rather than Sicily.
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It’s nothing that I overly enjoyed, though ‘Operation Mincemeat’ is a good flick.
A suitably entertaining (true, if likely ‘reimagined’ and all that) tale is told within roughly 128 minutes, I do think that run time could’ve been shorter but I wouldn’t go as far as to say it drags or anything – I just felt a few moments at the end where it could’ve been wrapped up quicker, that’s all.
Most things in this film are what you’d pretty much expect from a British production of this sort, including the cast which is full of many recognisable faces from across UK television and film. Colin Firth and Matthew Macfadyen are a pleasant pairing in the lead roles, while Kelly Macdonald leads the rest of the solid onscreen talent nicely. I also note the appearances of Johnny Flynn and Simon Russell Beale, who were both also in 2022’s ‘The Outfit‘ – a quality film, fwiw.
I could’ve, personally, done without the love squabble throughout, I didn’t feel like it was adding anything and it wasn’t exactly unpredictable. I get why it’s there, given what occurs in the plot, but I wouldn’t have longed for it had it not been included.
Most definitely worth a watch, all in all.
Why, oh why, did they have to clutter this up with a romance? As a wartime adventure film, it’s got all the ingredients for a cracker. As WWII starts to turn into a more offensive affair, the allies are looking for any means to divert the Nazis from their true intentions. To that end, “Montague” (Colin Firth) and “Colmondeley” (Matthew Macfadyen) concoct a cunning plan to plant fake documents on a corpse, wash it ashore in Spain and then let corruption and a nefarious network of spies do their worst! It’s a remake of the exciting “Man Who Never Was” (1956) and to be fair, is quite a good one. Director John Madden manages to immerse us in the intricate, sometimes quite amusing, planning of this wacky scheme. Simon Russell Beale is entertainingly convincing as the stoic, borderline desperate, Churchill as is Jason Isaacs as the sceptical “Admiral Godfrey”. Dame Penelope Wilton reminded me a bit of “Miss Baring” from (“I Was Monty’s Double”) from 1957 and the story gather pace nicely. Sadly, though, once their plan is activated the second, more dangerous, part of the plot is seriously rushed and undercooked. The enemy’s attempts to verify what we think they have read is nowhere near developed well enough, and that’s why the romance – between Firth and their clever and resourceful assistant “Jean” (Kelly MacDonald) drags it down. Sure, it’s offers an humanity element depicting the impact of war on people. His (part Jewish) family have relocated to the USA for their safety and she is a war widow; but that storyline leads to intra-character conflict that shows up Macfadyen as not a particularly good actor. Still, I found the two hours flew by. The production looks great with only a sparing use of CGI, a fine score from Thomas Newman and it’s underpinned by a good story. Could have been better, but still pretty good.
Operation Mincemeat is a film with very few bells and whistles.
It has an interesting story to tell, and it tells it well enough, however unnecessary romantic subplots make the whole thing 20 minutes too long.
I think the pacing is a little off as they place the focus too much on the establishment of the plan and not enough on how it pans out.
The performances are all fine. Nothing overly flashy. There is a good feel to the film, capturing the period well.
Overall a perfectly decent film, worth watching to learn about a remarkable and crucial military operation, but there’s nothing particularly remarkable about the filmmaking.
A bit disappointing
The part of the film dealing with the actual operation is fine with good acting and a gripping narrative. Even when one knows historically that the landing in Sicily was a success in the film it still is a breathless moment when everyone is waiting for the news and all the tremendous effort leading up to that moment is effectively conveyed by the director. Unfortunately the movie is marred by the redundant romantic sub-plot which seems like it’s from another film and makes the film longer than necessary. The addition of the corpse’s fictional sister is also a mistake. It doesn’t add anything apart from cheap pathos. The scriptwriter made what could have been a great film into a curate’s egg. Disappointing.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 8 min (128 min)
Genre Drama, War
Director John Madden
Writer Michelle Ashford, Ben Macintyre
Actors Colin Firth, Matthew Macfadyen, Kelly Macdonald
Country United Kingdom, United States
Awards 1 nomination
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 2.39 : 1
Camera Arri Alexa Mini LF, Arri Signature Prime and Prime DNA Lenses
Laboratory Goldcrest Post, London, UK (digital intermediate), On Set Tech LTD (digital imaging services) (digital dailies)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format Codex
Cinematographic Process ARRIRAW (4.5K) (source format), Digital Intermediate (4K) (master format)
Printed Film Format D-Cinema, DCP Digital Cinema Package