A Journal For Jordan review by Bobby Blakey
There is no denying that Denzel Washington is one of the best actors of all time. Throughout his career he has not only racked up the accolades and memorable performances, but also taken his hand at directing with films like Antwone Fisher, The Great Debaters and the brilliant Fences. Now he is stepping back into the director’s chair for his latest film A Journal For Jordan starring Michael B. Jordan and Chanté Adams. Could this film be another great entry in his filmography or will it not be a journal worth reading?
A Journal For Jordan follows the true story of First Sergeant Charles Monroe King, a soldier deployed to Iraq who begins to keep a journal of love and advice for his infant son. Back at home, senior New York Times editor Dana Canedy revisits the story of her unlikely, life-altering relationship with King and his enduring devotion to her and their child. A sweeping account of a once-in-a-lifetime love, the film is a powerful reminder of the importance of family.
I will be honest that I had very little interest in this film for no other reason than it just looked like a depressing love story I just didn’t want to deal with. After finally giving it a shot I wasn’t wrong, but was surprised by the interesting direction it took to tell the story. The trailers pretty much let you know what happens and where it is heading and it is just that, but there is actually more to it.
This is in fact a love story filled with love and loss, but it’s not just about that. There are some different layers here dealing with falling in love, dealing with separation, fears, trauma, acceptance, forgiveness and everything in between. The cast are good throughout, but it’s the story that
really drives it more than anything. There is a familiarity to it in regards to the general love story, but it’s the other layers to these two lives that is not only bigger but relatable to so many.
Make no mistake you know where this film is heading if you have seen the trailers and it for sure pulls at the heartstrings, but it still works for the most part. There are a couple of story elements that are kind of brushed over that might have been more impactful on the side of Sergeant King, but it is still handled well.
This isn’t the kind of film I would likely revisit, but it is powerful enough in story and execution that is worth checking out, but be sure to bring your tissues. Grab your copy of A Journal For Jordan available now on Blu-ray and DVD from Sony Home Entertainment.