Directed by Denzel Washington, this solemn romantic drama relies on Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Dana Canedy’s 2008 memoir. Its title refers back to the pocket book of recommendation that her accomplice, Charles Monroe King, a soldier who died throughout the Iraq battle, left for his or her younger son. Portrayed right here by Chanté Adams and Michael B Jordan, the couple’s fairytale courtship is detailed in prolonged flashback scenes, although the journal is a reminder that their glad ending is in the end doomed.
The movie appears aimed toward feminine audiences, emphasising Canedy’s struggles to steadiness being a single mom along with her job on the New York Occasions, and luxuriating of their date nights throughout New York Metropolis. There’s even a gratuitous shot of Jordan’s naked bum. Washington seems to be drawn to the old-school ideally suited of masculinity embodied by King. Adams is a vivacious display presence with a twinkle in her eye, and Jordan can’t fairly match her, unable to attract out any actual interior turmoil in a personality who’s respectable to a fault.