Film: Operation Mincemeat (2022)

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A little bit outside our usual routine today as we headed for Cineworld at Rushden Lakes. Crikey! Rushden Lakes on a Saturday! Are we mad? Easter Saturday too! Madder than mad!!! But you probably knew that already!

When we arrived, the Lakes was busy, but not manic! When we left, it was heaving!!

Why Cineworld? Mobile phone operator THREE gave away two Adult tickets for just £3 each to its customers via its ‘3+’ app – no limitations, apart from ‘use them by the 28th’.

The film Operation Mincemeat is an adaptation of Ben Macintyre’s 2010 historic book of the same name. A Wartime plan that was so ridiculous it shouldn’t have worked! However, Ann was only there because of Colin Firth!

Historical Context

Operation Mincemeat was a successful British deception operation of the Second World War to disguise the 1943 Allied invasion of Sicily.

More background information HERE, courtesy of Wikipedia.

Worth seeing?

We pretty much had Screen 14 to ourselves – just three other Firth fans joined us!

This was a beaut! I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. Great acting all round, good soundtrack and superb cinematography created a very convincing London and the retelling of events leading up to the events of 16th July, 1943. There was just the right amount of intrigue, even if you know the story well. It was even humorous in places. If I had just a tiny criticism, it felt a tad too long (by about 15 minutes) – but that’s me being picky! Be prepared for a plot twist towards the end (that even an old cynic like me, didn’t see coming) that added to the tension – that was already on ‘9’ – as we headed for the final curtain. The best £6 we’ve spent all year! If you like your ‘war films’ authentic or are just a fan of Mr Firth, go see!

Oh, and if you like James Bond this will raise a smile! (yes, really!)

Runtime: 128 minutes

Directed by John Madden

Writers Michelle Ashford (screenplay) Ben Macintyre (book)

Main cast: Colin Firth, Matthew Macfadyen, Kelly Macdonald, Penelope Wilton, Mark Gatiss, Jason Isaacs

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