Gently Dull

About the only thing memorable about Ministry of Gentlemanly Warfare is the violence. It’s fast, aggressive, and satisfying watching Nazi forces perish en masse at the hands of five British spies. Explosions take out more Nazi, however unseen.

Gentlemanly Warfare is an often handsome film, shot elegantly with vintage classiness; it suits the WWII era. Within that frame is a group of sarcastic, death-dealing men who, like so many action stars before them, spout one-liners and smile as they kill their prey.

Gentlemanly Warfare drags, and the ponderous mission set-up saps a lot of the energy gained during an earlier action sequence

Hardly any of them develop a personality or identifying traits beyond this. While they gel as a team, it seems this is only because they’re all the same person. The few moments of individual traits quickly wash away.

The story, although seemingly cliché, is true, or at least, based on truth. Suggested by Churchill, the men seek to dismantle the Nazi U-Boats at their source off the coast of Africa, later a moment that came to inspire James Bond. That loose Bond-ian presence is evident, with Eiza Gonzalez as the female lead, singing a full musical number to seduce a Nazi leader, and a firing a few gunshots to prove she’s formidable. Certainly, the mission itself – that rapidly spirals into audibles when things go wrong – has the same tenor as Bond.

Spies play their spy games on land and the Nazi forces near Britain in the background, all the while the main crew creeps across the coast, trying to stay out of sight on their fishing barge. At times, Gentlemanly Warfare drags, and the ponderous mission set-up saps a lot of the energy gained during an earlier action sequence. Waiting for a breakout or memorable moment from this script means waiting for something that never comes.


Generous native 4K imagery looks wonderfully sharp and precise, and this includes the CG shots too. That stellar and immovable sharpness happens naturally, without any additional processing to note. It’s perfectly clean, with the minimum of noise. Clarity is essential to Ungentlemanly Warfare.

Deep, heavy shadows feature when needed, properly rich and pure black at their deepest points. A bit of crush appears intentional to the cinematography and minimal. The HDR doesn’t bring a heavy sizzle, but it’s enough to notice. Nighttime cinematography will challenge lower-end displays, but its dazzlingly real at its best.

A slight sepia push warms the flesh tones, but there’s a countering chill when at sea. Flesh tones don’t lose their saturation though.


Meaty bass accentuates explosions, if disappointingly. For instance, depth charges lack the rumble usually associated with them on film.

Heights gain lift during battles, with shells and bullets utilizing Atmos effects. Surrounds fill with creaking wood on boats or trains. Ambient dialog fills rooms. Sweeping audio tracks fast-moving vehicles flawlessly. Party scenes create a lively soundstage and plant the listener dead center.


A generic 24-minute EPK making-of and a trailer is all.

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Delightfully off-beat yet serious, Ministry of Gentlemanly Warfare runs slowly, but makes the most of momentum when it has it.

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