Through the pages of a journal written thousands of miles while deployed, a hero shares his love, his dreams, and his advice for the son he would never know. A Journal for Jordan is a poignant film detailing the true story of Sergeant Charles Monroe King and the love he shared with New York Times editor Dana Canedy. Now showing in theaters nationwide, A Journal for Jordan honors King’s memory in a beautiful tribute to his life and his love for his son.
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A Journal for Jordan
Directed by Denzel Washington, A Journal for Jordan stars Michael B. Jordan and Chanté Adams in a film that honors the memory of Sergeant Charles Monroe King who was killed by a roadside bomb while deployed to Iraq. During his time serving his country, King kept a journal of love and advice for his son, who was an infant at the time. The film details the beautiful love story between King and his wife Dana Canedy.
As the film opens, we learn that Dana, a single mom, is frustrated with her job at the New York Times as she attempts to juggle her new life as a widow and a single parent. She reflects on the very first time she met King and thus begins their love story.
It is perhaps the audience’s foreknowledge of the tragic ending to their story that makes their courtship so tender and poignant. I absolutely love the way director Denzel Washington portrays their romance, fusing humor and quiet moments between Canedy and King.
As the past becomes the present, we see Jordan, now a middle-schooler, connecting to his father through the more than 200 pages of life lessons, advice, and dreams King had for his son. On the surface, this is a love story, but as you peel back the layers, we find that A Journal for Jordan is truly a love story about a father and the son he would never know.
Dana Canedy Talks A Journal for Jordan
A Journal for Jordan is now showing in theaters nationwide.