The two Darcys, Colin Firth & Matthew Macfadyen, made a WWII movie together

There’s always a lot of talk about “dad movies,” which are typically action/adventure movies starring someone like Gerard Butler. They’re movies which are short on plot but heavy on formulaic plot devices. But I’ve always considered World War II movies to be dad movies too, because my dad loved every single f–king WWII movie there was. It’s a very dad thing, to be obsessed with movies and TV shows about WWII.

All of which to say, my dad would have loved this new film, Operation Mincemeat. It’s a true story about an absurd British intelligence scheme to plant disinformation on a corpse in the hopes of convincing the Nazis that British assets were being deployed to Greece rather than Italy. Just writing that out has convinced me that I will probably love it too, because I also love movies about crazy intelligence schemes. But what really sold me on the movie is the fact that it stars Colin Firth, Jason Isaacs and Matthew Macfadyen? OMG. The film was directed by John Madden and it appears in UK theaters, but Americans will get to see it on Netflix. You can read a detailed review here at Variety.

There was a premiere event last night for Operation Mincemeat in London. Colin Firth is all-silver now! I love the fact that Firth completely leaned into those dark-frame glasses too. Tom Ford put those glasses on him in A Single Man and Firth was like “oh, this is a LOOK!” Firth is single now too, right? He and his wife split up in late 2019, after that incredibly shocking scandal involving her affair with an old friend in Italy (who then stalked her). Matthew and Jason look nice too. I love all of them. Honk if you love the OG Darcy, now Silver Darcy. Honk if you love The Other Darcy, Matthew. Honk if you just love all the Darcys!

Photos courtesy of Avalon Red.

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  1. Snazzy says:

    Here to honk for all the Darcys!!

  2. Becks1 says:

    Is Olivier technically considered the OG Darcy? (I love Olivier in general, but he’s not the best Darcy in my opinion.)

    The best Darcy is and always will be the silver Darcy, aka Colin Firth. Those glasses look good on him.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      I am willing to honk for Firth, but Macfadyen gets my double attention and makes my Geritol bubbling!!! The Geritol is from GG, Betty Whites line, though not word for word!!! I love her still!! ❤️

      I didn’t realize Firth was single!! Where was I when this happened?

    • MissMarirose says:

      I never cared for Olivier as Darcy, so I’m happy to make Firth the OG.

  3. Abby says:

    THE DARCYS!!!! I will 100% watch this just for them.

    I’ve been watching the first season of succession and laughing at Matthew in that role. He’s so funny and awkward as that character!

  4. Aidevee says:

    If you love crazy ww2 british intelligence schemes, you would love the author Ben MacIntyre. I’m sure he must be involved in this film somewhere. Read his books Churchill’s War and Agent ZigZag- they are ultimate Dad books but so good.

    • Dal says:

      Yes! I just finished Agent Sonya and it was amazing. I’ve just started this book so will need to hurry up and finish it! (I thought Agent Sonya would make an incredible movie)

  5. Stacey Dresden says:

    Honking for these British zaddies!

  6. C-Shell says:

    YUMM!!! What a lovely morning surprise — my favorite Darcys (can’t choose, don’t make me) and a bonus Jason Isaacs. Thanks, Kaiser! 😍

  7. VivaAviva says:

    I’m laughing at WWII movies as “Dad” movies because I’ve been obsessed with them since I was a preteen, and now I’m a mom.

    I don’t like Austen, so I’m just honking for Firth and McFadden in general.

  8. Bookie says:

    Honk honk!

  9. Chlo says:

    Can I honk if I love Jason Isaacs?????????? lol They are all looking quite good.

  10. Lucía says:

    OMG how did I not know about this!!!

  11. CTwinter says:

    FYI, Operation Mincemeat actually worked.

  12. K says:

    How did I not realize Tom was Mr.Darcy? Or Oblonsky? I watch both movies regularly and Sucession

  13. Scrubbie says:

    Here for all the Darcys – beep beep!

  14. MissMarirose says:

    That last picture of the Darcys in suits! Oh my!

  15. Nico says:

    I read the Ben MacIntyre book about Operation Mincemeat and it was incredible. I’m really, really looking forward to this.

  16. Emmy Rae says:

    I wonder if their Darcy history made it more or less appealing to them to work together. I could see them wanting to be known primarily for other roles. Or just being happy to be iconic. Either way.

  17. Blueskies says:

    My 77 year old dad is a spy story fan and is currently reading this book! I’ll have to tell him there’s now a film, he’s a fan of Colin Firth’s as well.

    Infinite honks for Firth and McFadyen, both wonderful as Darcy but the whole of the 1995 Sense & Sensibility Firth was in is just magical. Whenever I see Matthew I remember watching the superb Any Human Heart series he was in and he was superb in it.

    Honk, honk!