Don Jon Movie Review
✔Good performances from Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Scarlett Johansson, and both have great chemistry.
✔JGL's transition to a writer/director is a success.
✔The little twists and turns it takes from the usually romantic comedies is more then welcomed.
✔Dialogue and script is good
✘It runs 20 minutes too long.
✘ Julianne Moore's character kind of felt like an after thought.
Ya…if Scarlett Johansson ended up being my girlfriend, I would stop watching porn.
Don Jon is a film starring, written, and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. His character is someone who loves his friends, family, church, and porn. He watches porn on his computer all the time, but he’s no pathetic virgin who can’t find a girl. He has no problem hooking up with other women and having one night stands with them every weekend. He then meets a girl named Barbara Sugarman (Scarlett Johansson), the one girl whom he did not have a one night stand with. The two of them start dating, but he’s asked to give up watching porn when she catches him one night.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is one of my favorite actors working today. He’s very talented and knows how to pick his projects, such as (500) Days of Summer, Inception, 50/50, The Dark Knight Rises, and Looper. So I was curious how well (or bad) he would do with directing a movie as well as act in it. The fact that he directed this movie was the main reason I wanted to see this movie because honestly, I really didn’t know what the movie was going to be about. I only saw the trailer once and forgot about it. Luckily not only is his directorial debut a success, but the movie outside of his direction is well done. The story is one that some people out there can relate to and the performances from your two main leads are good. (even though personally I can’t f**king stand those New Jersey accents). I also like how despite the big names attached to this movie, it feels very indie like, also there’s a point where the movie shows the possible path it could go and instead it delivers some interesting twists that take the film in a direction that I didn’t see coming.
If I had any problems with the movie, it’s that it feels twenty or thirty minutes too long. There are about one or two scenes that seemed to drag on a little longer then they should. I also felt that Julianne Moore’s character was more of a last minute addition, rather then someone who is incredibly important to the story. There are also a lot of shots that gave me a sense of Deja Vu. They all involve the daily routines that Jon takes and half of those shots don’t seem that necessary. If some of them were cut from the movie, chances are they probably wouldn’t be missed. If you’ve seen the movie you might know what I’m talking about.
It’s a really good movie. The charism and chemistry between the two leads is enough to make it good enough to where I can’t see anyone not enjoying it, although without spoiling anything, I will warn those people who still believe in those fairy tale, romantic comedy like happy endings that if you see this movie it might give you a dose of reality.
To see my video review for this film, go to “The Cinemas with Mr. Robinson” on YouTube.