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Mr Jones review – newsman's heroic journey into a Soviet nightmare | | Yoga Beauty Health
Agnieszka Holland's Mr Jones is a bold and heartfelt movie with a real Lean-ian sweep. First-time screenwriter Andrea Chulupa has been inspired by her grandfather from eastern Ukraine to script this forthright, valuable drama about Stalin's genocidal famine there, and the courageous Welsh journalist Gareth Jones who first brought it to the world's attention in the 1930s. This was despite real personal danger in journeying there covertly – and the subsequent disparagement of Stalin's lickspittle New York Times correspondent in Moscow, Walter Duranty, a man whom posterity has revealed to be a singularly useless idiot. James Norton brings his A-game to this film, giving a muscular, sympathetic performance as Jones, the idealist intellectual and man of action from Barry in Wales, who has a liking for reciting the medieval Welsh poem The Battle of the Trees and never removes his sweetly owlish spectacles. Peter Sarsgaard is the creepy Duranty and Joseph Mawle has a recurring cameo as George