Daily Archives: May 26, 2013
Don Jon (2013) (Click on the title for my full review.)
Don Jon is written and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. He also stars in the film. The rest of the main cast includes Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza, Glenne Headley, Rob Brown, and Brie Larson.
I think that this movie reiterates once again that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is not afraid of taking risks.
It’s a dysfunctional drama that hits on a touchy topic, porn. A man (Gordon-Levitt) seems to have all of his priorities straight, but he also seems to be addicted to pornography. From the preview it appears like the porn addiction has caused him to treat women differently. After he meets what just might be the right woman(Johansson), she helps him to see the error of his ways.
This isn’t a movie that I am going to rush out to the theatre and see, but I’m curious to see what direction Gordon-Levitt takes the film. It will be his first time directing a full-length movie. He is an excellent actor and I’ve liked him since Angels in the Outfield (1994). It will be interesting to see if his writing and directing is as good as his acting.
Could this be an Oscar contender because of the cast and risky topic? The Academy loves movies that bring up controversy and that are edgy.
Could this be the beginning of a long directing career for Joseph Gordon-Levitt, or do you think that he will just stick to acting and maybe this is something that he just wanted to try?
I’m sure that you already have an opinion about this movie after only watching the preview. I think that’s kind of the whole point. I think that there will be more to the movie than shock value though.
Instead of discussing your views on the topic of the movie, I’m just curious to know, will you be seeing the movie or not?
Note: An interesting link that I thought of right away was that Danza and Gordon-Levitt were both in Angels in the Outfield together. That was already almost 20 years ago. Danza’s career has since tanked. Could Gordon-Levitt be helping him make a comeback?
The film is set to release on 9/27/13.