Don Jon – Movie Review


A New Jersey guy dedicated to his family, friends, and church, develops unrealistic expectations from watching porn and works to find happiness and intimacy with his potential true love.

Who doesn’t like Joseph Gordon-Levitt? Like seriously, he’s awesome…

And also awesome in this movie, which is very much JGL. It’s mostly egotistical nonsense, but fun egotistical nonsense. It’s very obvious that JGL is the master of this film, through his direction, writing and acting.

It’s a fine directorial debut, and this film has a unique style. It’s very fast and sharply edited, and some scenes will just leave you in awe of him. The writing is also a solid effort, and there’s some great dialogue between JGL’s character and his characters father. Also, JGL’s acting is very charismatic and fresh; which matches the rest of the film.

His supporting cast is also very good. Scarlett Johansson is unbelievably sexy here, and gives a vivacious performance; and I think she nailed the accent. Julianne Moore is fine, but probably has the most dull and unoriginal character in the film. Somebody that I loved was Tony Danza as the father who was absolutely hilarious.

For the most part, this movie mostly falls short to what it’s trying to put across. You can see it, it’s just really far away. In the end, it just boils down to a well made romantic comedy. And that would be fine, if the final ‘love interest’ wan’t so painfully irritating (Julianne Moore). It’s also hard to buy whats going on, because in these ‘moments’, it just feels really outdated and poorly put across.

Either way, this is a very funny film and a brilliantly made one. It has a rhythm that is just being beat out by a strong showing on all areas from Joseph Gordon-Levitt. <— See what I did there? Probably not.

Top notch directing and acting, but it just loses itself. – 3.5/5


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