Denzel Washington directs Michael B. Jordan in the moving, fact-based drama A Journal for Jordan. The film focuses on a soldier serving in Iraq, Charles Monroe King (Jordan), who pens a journal for his infant son. King's story revisits his initial meet-cute with his son's mother, journalist Dana Canedy (Chanté Adams), which subsequently bloomed into romance and parenthood. The movie is, itself, inspired by the Pulitzer Prize-winning Canedy's bestselling memoir, which explores love beset by tragedy.
The movie screened in advance for Cineworld Unlimited members, so how did its blend of Oscar-winning prestige, charismatic star-power and swooning romance go down with audiences. Here's a selection of the responses.
Loved the film, beautiful portrayal of a love story and the grief of losing someone. Some pretty objective comments about war and also how this impacts the loved ones left behind. I agree with others on the pacing issues at times.— Val (@tecchiegirl) January 17, 2022
I loved Tonight’s @cineworld Unlimited screening, A journal for Jordan. It was a really Special movie, emotional, intense and such a Interesting story!— Baddog Reviews (@BaddogGaming) January 17, 2022
Excellent acting and story. Well worth seeing if it is shown for more than a week. People don’t know what they will miss— Peter Hircock (@Peter_Hircock) January 17, 2022
Beautifully done. Had to shed a tear at the end. Michael B. Jordan his usual brilliance.— Simon Bowers (@StokieSimon) January 17, 2022
Well acted, and a very powerful final act. Pacing issues, and a timeline that seemed to jump every which way in the first half meant that, sadly I didn’t love it as much as I wanted to. Not a bad film, by any means, but not top of my list of 2022 so far, either, I’m afraid.— Dave Billingsley (@dab051176) January 17, 2022
Afraid it didn’t make me care about any of the characters. Didn’t think it was the story the title suggested either - not much about life lessons from the journal, just a rather slow and meandering love story. Disappointing.— Jackie Sheppard (@sheppardjackie) January 17, 2022
I thoroughly enjoyed the movie! I don't understand the low ratings on the film. The film brought everyone and myself mixed emotions and I really felt myself wanting to give Charles, Dana and Jordan a hug for they're lovable people. Overall I give the film an 8/10. Grade: B+! 😁😁— James Acraman (@JamesAcraman) January 17, 2022
Missed the Unlimited screening? Good news: A Journal for Jordan hits Cineworld screens nationwide on 21st January. Has this made you want to sign up to Cineworld Unlimited? Click here to find out more about the benefits including a free tastecard. And don't forget that our next Unlimited screening is Pedro Almodovar's sumptuous Parallel Mothers on 19th January.