The Operation Mincemeat Trailer and the Con That Helped Save Europe

Operation Mincemeat is not a captivating Hollywood film title. In fact, when I first scrolled across it, I thought someone was making a Klondike Kat movie. However, after viewing the list of talent brimming within the film and seeing its release coming at the height of awards season, I stopped and took a look, and I’m here to say: you should too. Who doesn’t love a good war movie? Well, maybe the Germans. All kidding aside, the war movies recently produced, such as Dunkirk, Darkest Hour, 1917or Greyhound, have been profoundly entertaining and well-told stories. Some of them needing to be told multiple times over the years to leave history in the hands of whatever special effects masters and top-tier directors of the time can muster to keep history alive for the next generation.

John Madden, the Oscar-nominated director behind Shakespeare in Love and a host of other excellent films, may see another nomination in his future as he set’s his sights on Operation Mincemeat. Named after the actual operation run by the British Navy in World War II, the story about intelligence officers using a corpse cleverly covered in counterfeit classified information to lure the German troops to Greece and leave Sicily open to a strategic invasion so that the British could launch their countermeasures in Italy. It’s the kind of story of bravery and artful con-artistry that begs for cinematic release and one that is ripe for a retelling to a new generation.  

A soldier stands on a beach where troops are marching in Operation Mincemeat

Last told under the title The Man Who Never Was and starring the heart-stopping miss Gloria Grahame alongside Clifton Webb and Robert Flemyng, the story of Operation Mincemeat may see a more extensive imagining nearly eighty years after the event took place. The movie, then based on the 1953 autobiographical novel by intelligence officer Lt. Cmdr. Ewen Montagu was released only thirteen years after the event took place in real life. Not to take anything away from the film, but the quick Hollywood turnaround may have a limited view based on a sole account. In contrast, now we can further dramatize the scheme by knowing what may have been happening through a more extensive collection of historical narratives as expressed in Ben McIntyre’s 2010 novel. 

Starring Oscar winner Colin Firth alongside fellow Pride and Prejudice Mr. Darcy actor Matthew Macfadyen and other talented individuals such as The OA’s Jason Isaacs and Boardwalk Empire’s Kelly Macdonald, the trailer also highlights the inaugural years of MI5. It features writer Ian Fleming creating one of the most recognizable characters of all time. Alternatively, the trailer could be trolling us, and Fleming could actually be writing Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang. Still, in my defense, he does say he’s “writing spy stories.” 

The film looks both fun and intense, which is different for a war drama. Striking a chord somewhere between Ocean’s Eleven and Dunkirk, the constant attention to details and poking holes in the plot through the movie’s storytelling and dialogue makes me feel that this will be a well-crafted picture in the skillful hands of director John Madden. Operation Mincemeat looks like it’s ready for the Oscar season, and, honestly, if it’s as good as its trailer, we may be talking about it more in the months to come.  

Operation Mincemeat will open in theaters on January 7, 2022.  

So what do you think of the trailer for Operation Mincemeat? Do you agree with Sean that it looks both fun and intense? What are your thoughts on war movies? Let us know in the comments! And if you’re looking for horror trailers, we’ve got you covered!

Written by Sean Parker

Sean lives just outside of Boston. He loves great concerts, all types of movies, video games, and all things nerd culture.

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