Hello, everyone! I’m back, enjoying the fall weather, and seeing movies. This time, I went to one of the movies that I mentioned earlier as one of the fall’s best and underrated movies.
Don Jon is the writing and directorial debut of Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Dark Knight Rises). Jon Martello (Gordon-Levitt) is a New Jersey guy who enjoys simple things in life: his apartment, family, church, and his closest friends. He also loves his porn, which develops unrealistic expectations for women. When he meets Barbara Sugarman (Scarlett Johansson), he thinks that he has found his perfect woman but when he develops a friendship with Esther (Julianne Moore), he learns larger lessons about life and love.
This movie is very well acted. Joseph Gordon-Levitt did a great job in this role, despite dividing his time into three parts for the first time. Scarlett Johansson was stunning as every and convincing as the conceited and saucy Barbara who is addicted to romantic movies and the ideas that they generate for a woman of an ideal romantic relationship, a female version on our New Jersey Don. Their chemistry showed that they had a lot of fun in their scenes together. Julianna Moore portrayed the wise and seasoned Esther, who helped Jon see the wider picture of life beyond the porn he watches and the expectations he has. Her performance was just as strong as Joseph’s, being a guiding light for his character. Tony Danza had a good supporting performance as Jon’s father, portraying an older version of his son.
This is the rare romantic comedy that is targeted towards men more than women. On a center stage, Levitt directed a mirror into what our generation is now for the most part: men who think they have their life all together and go out night after night, looking for women to hook up with but never making time for a real relationship. It’s not about what’s right or wrong about it because that’s the audience’s opinion. This movie does have its flaws with the repetitive nature of Jon’s life that can wear on the audience a little bit but that is only during the first half. If you can last until the turning point of the film, it is well worth it to the end of the movie.
The smart, edgy, and touchy film helps establish Joseph Gordon-Levitt as one of Hollywood’s most exciting new directors. It proves how multi-talented this actor can be and how far his career can go. While it feels like it takes too long to get to the heart of the film, getting there helped bring the film up and help it’s true message shine through.