Mr. Jones

Mr. Jones

DVD - 2020
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Set on the eve of world WWII, Hitler is rising to power and Stalin's Soviet propaganda machine is pushing their "utopia" to the West. Meanwhile an ambitious young journalist, Gareth Jones travels to Moscow to uncover the truth behind the propaganda, but then gets a tip that could expose an international conspiracy, one that could cost him and his informant their lives. Jones goes on a life-or-death journey to uncover the truth that inspired George Orwell's seminal book Animal Farm.


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Feb 28, 2021

Really fell short as a film. There were some strong moments - but overall, very slow, plodding and thin for such significant subject matter. For certain some of the fault is in the script, but most of the responsibility likely falls on the shoulders of the director. A lot of wasted time and scenery in this film.

Jan 30, 2021


Jan 29, 2021

We hear everyday until we're numb about the Holocaust, but rarely about the Holodomor--the largest genocide (democide) of the Twentieth Century.
Looking forward to this.
I wished more would be said about the liar and propagandist that was The New York Times' correspondent, Walter Durant.
This film only gives a partial telling of how Communism came about and it's history. Still, very much worth seeing.

Dec 27, 2020

What a terrible time in Russia for the peasants. Movie took off kind of slow but it soon picked up as the journalist had many brushes with death. Stalin was one of the evilest dictators on earth. Let his people starve..

Dec 22, 2020

The story of a passionate journalist who pursues a difficult path to the truth amidst a chosen path of ignorance (and obstruction) by the establishment press. Through fearlessness and selfless passion, we see a real journalist in action during a time when the "truth" runs counter to the interests of world governments and the media. This movie draws a line between those who are true journalists, and those who through cowardice, or a fear of exposing facts that are inconsistent with their chosen ideology, pretend to be journalists. What may not be surprising to some is the consistency of the media institutions who didn't meet that standard then, to the difficulties they face with it in our "modern" era.

Dec 21, 2020

3.5* Good movie and true story. A little slow at beginning but then picks up. You do get drawn into the famine and destruction of the Ukrainian ppl by Russia's Stalin.

JCLBetM Dec 17, 2020

A well-made film that brings a dark part of history to light that is often overlooked amidst all the other world events during the 1930s. I'd never heard of Gareth Jones before, and to experience the story through his earnestness was a gift. The bleakness of the story is told beautifully, tugging you into the desperate world of the Ukrainians in a way you won't soon forget. A film that left with me more questions than answers, simply because I now had enough info to care to know more.

Nov 26, 2020

My husband and I both enjoy historical movies and this one is quite good. His only complaint was the overall darkness or shadows. I felt that it helped convey the hopelessness that enveloped the people in the totalitarian country of Russia in the 30's as Russia spun the narrative of their utopia into a photo negative--all the black shown as white --while the people of the infamously fertile Ukraine were killed by the millions in forced starvation. The depictions of suffering and depraved overindulgence were excellently balanced. I think the most important points came at the end as we see politics and "the almighty dollar" steering the decisions of Western governments to believe the lies, not the truth that Mr. Jones gave his life for exposing.

Oct 17, 2020

It should have rated more than 3.5 stars...but no. It's got a major unresolved subplot, sadly.

However, don't let that stop you from watching this captivating 1930s drama in which truth does not win in the end, even when (miracle of miracles!) it actually gets published. Based on a true story of an unrecognized journalist who definitely goes the distance (in this case, from underground action inside Moscow to the abject poverty of the Ukraine) in search of the truth.

Fascinating period piece of time and place.

There are actually two stories here, and apart from one or two scenes, the main character doesn't come in contact with the real-life main character of the 2nd story at all.

Wanted a lot more from the main character of story #2.

JCLMikeK Sep 21, 2020

I don't think Mr. Jones ever got much of a release in the US, and that's a shame, because it's a really well-made and timely historical film. It's the true story of a journalist (Gareth Jones, played by James Norton) who traveled to the Soviet Union in the 1930s and eventually discovered Stalin's Ukrainian famine, and briefly covers his ensuing struggle to get the world to believe his story. The performances were all good, the recreation of Moscow was interesting to see, but I think the scenes in Ukraine are what make this movie better than your average historical film. That segment of the movie is truly unnerving and nightmarish. I wish the movie had filled in the ending a little more, as I'd never heard Jones' story and was curious to know more, but I suppose that's what the Internet is for. Overall, a very good film that's perfect for the journalist, misguided collectivist, and/or anti-Communist in your life (although viewers looking for a film about the Counting Crows song will be sorely disappointed).

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