If you’ll allow me a car simile, movies like The weapon of deception they are like a Volkswagen Golf: the pure image of German balance, neither the most dynamic nor the most comfortable, neither the largest nor the smallest, but the most versatile in each and every one of the aspects that one has to value as an expert driver. John Madden’s movieshakespeare in love) is not German like the car, but English, but it is equally difficult to look for a weak flank: obeying the cliché of British films, it is so absolutely correct and solid that it is difficult to sink your teeth to sink it (if that is what we intend) .
The film recounts the details of the Minced meat operationone of the most devilishly smart (and risky, and absurd) actions of World War II… and one that tipped the scales in favor of the allies. Based on the book by Ben Macintyre, The weapon of deception tells how British officers Owen Montagu (Colin Firth) and Shawls Cholmondeley (matthew macfadyien) pulled off a peculiar trick on Hitler’s troops: using a corpse with false documentation and sinking it in the Bay of Cadiz to suggest to German spies that they are probably looking for a (false) attack on the Greek coast.
This counter-counter-espionage operation is not only remarkably current and timely, as it presents us with a bygone version of the much-hyped fake-news (watch out for a timely reference to Russia by Churchill, played by Simon Russell Beale) rather, it sets up a solid war espionage movie that, as the cliché would say, has a heart of gold. The respect with which Madden treats the corpse used for the deception, the peculiar love triangle that is established between Montagu, Cholmondeley and Jean Leslie (Kelly MacDonald) and even the professionalism shown by the work of Franco’s Spanish troops are elements that, along with others, contribute to giving weight to an espionage story that would otherwise fall into the conventional.
And conventional, in a way, it is, but at least it lets out contained emotions, the work of an excellent pair of protagonists, as eccentric as they are endearing, and a reasonable dose of intelligence that viewers of adult entertainment movies probably yearn for on the big screen. The weapon of deception It is one of those very correct films that do not treat the viewer as stupid, that do not try to curl any curls and that make professionalism their only flag.