Don Jon Review (Mainly me bragging about JGL)
IMDB Description: 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.
I will say that I’m a huge Joseph Gordon-Levitt fan to begin with. I think he’s funny, versatile, a great actor, an inspiring entrepreneur and … he is rather attractive as well. I have admired him ever since his Ten Things I Hate About You Days (I think I was a bit too young to fully understand Third Rock From the Sun), but I truly fell in love with his work in 500 Days of Summer. The movie was brilliantly done and so relatable to me. I found myself growing attached to Levitt’s character, Tom, instantly. Marc Webb, director of 500 Days of Summer, had this amazing way of integrating story with reality. You begin to feel as if you know the characters Tom (Levitt) and Summer (Zooey Deschanel) and all you want is more of Summer’s background and details of their relationship.
I had watched many previews before seeing Don Jon. I researched the movie a bit, I follow Levitt’s website and occasionally post to hitRECord.org. Levitt not only became an entrepreneur, but a director as well all within the last few years. I won’t go into too much detail but hitRECord is a fairly new website that is dedicated to artists of all kinds. Whether you are an artist, a musician, a writer, etc there is a place for you. It provides a place to share content and collaborate with others. Depending on the content and its popularity you might even get paid for it. I’ll leave it at that, but definitely check it out.
Don Jon is intended to look like the famous Don Juan, but with a modern twist of course. Levitt did an outrageous job both as an actor and director. The movie is unlike any other movie I’ve seen. It’s original, it’s funny, it’s dramatic and it deals with tough issues that are a true concern in the modern world. I won’t go into detail but the way that both women and men look at relationships today can be frightening to say the least. It’s so hard to find someone you have chemistry with. I’m both annoyed and intrigued by Scarlett Johansson’s nickname, “dime”, I feel like it’s a good metaphor for the perfect relationship. Everyone is looking for a “dime” a perfect ten partner that they can be with for the rest of their lives. In reality, nobody can fit that criteria. It’s impossible.
The movie presents a normal look on a life that we might see everyday but don’t really understand. I went into the movie expecting no deeper impact on my life other than Levitt’s and Johansson’s abs, but received a thought provoking concept instead. I give this movie a nine.
*Definitely do not take a parent or a significant other to this movie unless you feel comfortable with explicit content. I luckily didn’t make this mistake but I think the couple in the front row did.
Posted on September 30, 2013, in Past Entries and tagged 500 Days of Summer, director, Don Jon, hit-record, indie film, JGL, Joseph-Gordon-Levitt, Marc Webb, movie, movie review, no spoilers, Zooey Deschanel. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.