A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie celebrates British eccentricity, but beneath that a resilience and courage. An overwhelming determination to defeat the common enemy and put an end to Nazism, even if the route to doing so brings the worst out in some.
Positive Role Models
Both Charles Cholmondeley and Ewen Montagu work together and display great bravery, the former even putting himself in precarious situations in the name of honor. The characters are flawed. A married man develops feelings for another, while the main characters are willing to bribe a poor grieving woman to keep quiet about the fact they have used her brother's corpse without permission.
There are two important female characters in the leading quartet. But the key players are the men and it's also a predominantly White cast. However, the movie is based on real events and thus this representation reflects the story being told.
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Violence & Scariness
World War II bubbles underneath the entire story, with a whole variety of characters grieving those they've lost in battle. The characters "choose" a corpse for their operation, with many seen, including a child's. The corpse they do use is shown frequently. An autopsy shows innards being pulled out of a stomach. Someone is threatened with death unless they divulge all information regarding the secret operation. Conflict including soldiers being shot and killed as they approach land from their boats.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Two characters are seen making out against a wall. A character touches another's genitals in an attempt to gain vital information.
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There are a couple of uses of the word "f--k." Also heard are "bollocks," "bastard," "t-ts," and "arse."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Near non-stop smoking as nearly every character smokes. Characters drink alcohol frequently too, in bars, offices, and at home. A character declares that they "need" a drink, even though it's 8 a.m. One character drink drives.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Operation Mincemeat is a British World War II drama based on an extraordinary true story, with questionable behavior for the greater good, dead bodies, and smoking. The almost unbelievable story involves two British intelligence officers -- Ewen Montagu (Colin Firth) and Charles Cholmondeley (Matthew Macfadyen) -- using a corpse to distract the Nazis, allowing British troops to get to safety. The characters are flawed, and while very proud, dignified, and courageous, they resort to bribery and other dubious means. They also show little respect for the corpse they use for their plan and some scenes make for an uncomfortable watch, especially an autopsy scene. War and violence play in the background, with soldiers being shot at and killed. There is one scene where a straight man touches another man's genitals, to help move their operation along. There are a couple of uses of "f--k," as well as "bollocks" and "bastard." The smoking is non-stop, representative of the time period. There is much drinking too and one character is seen driving under the influence. The cast is not particular diverse, mostly made up of White males. But there are two leading roles belonging to women. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This drama -- based on real events -- is such a brilliantly cinematic story, it almost feels as if it would have been impossible to get wrong. That said, Operation Mincemeat still required an accomplished, deft hand to bring it to life, and do it the justice it deserves. Thankfully director John Madden more than delivers. Helped along by the great cast, with Macfadyen in particular stealing the show, the film moves seamlessly between different genres. Given it's a tale that is so enriched by its hard-to-believe elements, the filmmakers have used this as a platform to take a heightened take on proceedings.
The film has stories within the story, and celebrates the entire notion of artistic deception. And yet, it's remarkably more moving than anticipated, as the whole operation, despite being so bombastic, is tinged with a profound sadness. Not only for the man whose body they're literally using for their own gain, but for the ongoing war, highlighting the mad lengths people will go to in a desperate bid to overcome fascism. Perhaps the one downside is that, tonally, it could have been even more overstated -- something rarely said about films. The story is so inconceivable, it almost feels like the filmmakers could have reveled more in its comedic moments, instead opting to take a more serious approach.
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