Monday, October 7, 2013

Don Jon

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is certainly one of the more popular young actors working today. Even though he's been a familiar face since his days on 3rd Rock from the Sun and has done a multitude of roles, it's what he's done in the last few years that garnered him recognition.

Now he's directed a film! With his directing debut Don Jon, Gordon-Levitt shows his audience what kind of society we're a part of whether you've noticed it before or not. (I'm aware of this society, and I'm not fond of it.)

What is Gordon-Levitt trying to show his audience with his film? The fact we are all a part of a society that believes out romantic and sex lives will be exactly like what you see in movies and even porn. Like the complete deconstruction of the manic pixie dream girl character and the "boy meets girl" story in (500) Days of Summer, Don Jon shows don't believe everything you see when it comes to sex and love.

And Gordon-Levitt got some pretty good actors for his film. Along with himself as the title character, he also enlists the likes of Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore and Tony Danza in supporting roles. And boy, they're all deliver top notch performances.

Don Jon is a good satire on what the media has us think love is supposed to be, but I came away a touch unsatisfied. Maybe I was expecting too much out of it (most likely), I don't know. Still, I enjoyed seeing Gordon-Levitt step behind the camera.

My Rating: ****

1 comment:

  1. I think I had overly high expectations of this film as well. It was still a good watch. I can't wait to see what he does next behind the camera. (and in front of it)


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