Mr. Jones (2019 film)

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Mr. Jones
Mr. Jones (2019 film).jpg
Film poster
Directed byAgnieszka Holland
Produced by
  • Andrea Chalupa
  • Angus Lamont
  • Klaudia Smieja
  • Egor Olesov
  • Stanislaw Dziedzic
Written byAndrea Chalupa
Starring
CinematographyTomasz Naumiuk[1]
Production
company
  • Boy Jones Films (UK)[1]
  • Film Produkcja (Poland)[1]
  • Kinorob (Ukraine)[1]
Distributed byWestEnd Films[2]
Release date
  • 10 February 2019 (2019-02-10) (Berlin)
Running time
141 minutes[3]
Country
  • Poland
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom
Language

Mr. Jones is a 2019 drama film directed by Agnieszka Holland. It was selected to compete for the Golden Bear at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival.[4] The film loosely tells the story of a journalist from Wales named Gareth Jones, who in 1933 travels to the Soviet Union and uncovers unpleasant truths.[5][6]

Plot[edit]

In 1933, Gareth Jones (James Norton) is an ambitious young journalist who has gained some fame for his interview with Adolf Hitler. Thanks to his connections to the government of Lloyd George, he is able to get official permission from the United Kingdom to travel to the Soviet Union. Jones attempts to interview Stalin and find out more about the Soviet Union's economic expansion and its apparently successful five-year development plan. Jones is restricted to Moscow, but travels unofficially to Ukraine to discover the Holodomor.

Cast[edit]

Release[edit]

The film had its world premiere at the 2019 Berlin International Film Festival.[6] Distribution rights for North America were acquired by Samuel Goldwyn Films in August 2019.[7]

Reception[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes the film has a score of 78% based on 18 reviews.[8] On Metacritic the film has a score of 63% based on reviews from 6 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[9]

Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian gave the film 4 out of 5 stars, calling it "a bold and heartfelt movie with a real Lean-ian sweep."[10] Tim Robey of The Telegraph gave it 3/5 stars. He praises Sarsgaard, for his performance and for raising the "sadly untapped" potential of the film. Robey is critical of the script, and concludes "There’s enough in Mr Jones to make you want a good deal more".[11] David Ehrlich at Indiewire gave the film a grade C.[12]

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Mr. Jones (2019)". Films.UA. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Mr. Jones (2019)". WestEnd Films. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Mr. Jones (Competition section)". Berlin International Film Festival. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Selection for Competition and Berlinale Special Completed". berlinale. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Gareth Jones: The Welsh Investigative Journalist".
  6. ^ a b Barraclough, Leo (28 January 2019). "First Footage From Berlin Competition Film Mr. Jones (EXCLUSIVE)". Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  7. ^ Mitchell, Robert (22 August 2019). "Samuel Goldwyn Films Takes U.S. Rights to Berlin Competition Title 'Mr Jones'". Variety. Retrieved 10 December 2019.
  8. ^ "Mr. Jones (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 10 December 2019.
  9. ^ "Mr. Jones". Metacritic. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  10. ^ Bradshaw, Peter (11 February 2019). "Mr Jones review – newsman's heroic journey into a Soviet nightmare". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  11. ^ Robey, Tim (15 February 2019). "Mr Jones. Berlin Film Festival review: James Norton makes history as the original fake news crusader". Retrieved 25 June 2019 – via www.telegraph.co.uk.
  12. ^ Ehrlich, David (10 February 2019). "'Mr. Jones' Review: Agnieszka Holland's Messy Biopic About the Journalist Who Exposed Stalin — Berlinale". Indiewire. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  13. ^ "Mr. Jones tames the Golden Lions at the Polish Film Festival in Gdynia". cineuropa. Retrieved 27 October 2019.

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