Don’t let its funky sounding title fool you. “Operation Mincemeat”, the new British war drama on its way to Netflix, is based on a story that would be impossible to believe if it weren’t true. Directed by John Madden (“Shakespeare in Love”, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”) and written by Michelle Ashford, “Operation Mincemeat” puts together a sparkling cast for what could be a nice grab for Netflix.
Set in 1943, the movie depicts Britain’s attempt to disguise the upcoming Allied invasion of Sicily during World War II. To fool the Germans, the Brits took the corpse of a tramp who had died from ingesting rat poison, dressed him up as a military Captain, gave him fake and misleading documents, and covertly placed the body where the Germans would find it. Colin Firth, Matthew Macfadyen, Kelly Macdonald, Jason Isaacs, Penelope Wilton, Johnny Flynn, and Simon Russell Beale star in the crazy yet true war story that seems ripe and ready for the big screen treatment.
“Operation Mincemeat” releases in select theaters May 6th and streams on Netflix May 11th. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.