I’m not sure if I have said this before but one of my favorite parts of history I like learning more about is World War II, there’s so many stories that haven’t been told yet or haven’t been told enough. Operation Mincemeat is one of the most bizarre World War II events that is also one of the most popular deception missions in history, despite that however there’s only ever been two films made about it. The first film “The Man Who Never Was” a 1956 film that came to be because of a 1953 book of the same name. Then there’s film Operation Mincemeat which tells the bizarre story of a successful British deception operation of World War II to disguise the 1943 Allied Invasion of Sicily. What they did was, British Intelligence obtained the body of a dead man who died of rat poison (Glyndwr Michael), dressed him as an officer of the Royal Marines and placed items on him identifying as the fictions captain acting major William Martin. The film itself follows the events very well and truly makes for a very interesting film, the performances all around are fantastic particularly Colin Firth and Matthew Macfadyen who really gave some raw performances. The writing was quite strong as well, with many moments that really complimented this bizarre story very well. The only main criticism here is I do think some of the romantic drama scenes were a bit too long and weren’t really needed, it feels a bit out of place considering the plot of the film but they aren’t enough to hurt the film to the point where it becomes very noticeable. Lastly there’s the direction that remains quite strong from beginning to end, it really captures the bizarre nature of the film even if a lot of it is more in the background. We still feel the bizarre nature through everyone involved working behind the scenes of the event, overall Operation Mincemeat is a very solid film that tells a bizarre World War II story and how it came to be. I highly recommend checking this one out!
Operation Mincemeat is available on Netflix!