Joseph Gordon-Levitt makes his directing debut in “Don Jon” and pulls it off just about perfectly.
“Don Jon” is the nickname given to the title character. Jon is a young man living in New Jersey who has developed a routine which he follows every week. Jon goes to the night clubs, sleeps with women, attends church and confessional and more often than not ends up watching porn.
That routine becomes shaken up a bit when he meets and starts a relationship with Barbara (Johansson). Jon starts to believe that Barbara could be the right one for him, yet as time goes on he starts questioning the relationship. When he starts taking a college class at the request of Barbara, he meets a woman named Esther (Moore) who ends up helping him a bit with his relationship situation.
Gordon-Levitt once again stars in a movie that serves as a good deconstruct of a relationship, having previously starred in “500 Days of Summer.” This time around, the movie not only focuses in on a relationship, though, it also explores when a person becomes to used to a routine.
The film’s story flows very well. Gordon-Levitt, who also wrote the film, was able to introduce characters at the right time, explore different relationships and ultimately have a satisfying conclusion that worked well with what the movie was trying to accomplish and what it was trying to say.
The acting is superb by all of the cast. Joseph Gordon-Levitt shows his range here, portraying, and never falling out of the character he’s portraying. He’s believable in the role and the character is interesting to follow.
Scarlett Johansson as Barbara performs well, playing the role exactly as it should have been for what Gordon-Levitt was trying to portray in the script. Julianne Moore also does great in the movie and has a good chemistry with Gordon-Levitt on screen. Tony Danza is also in the movie for a few scenes and knocks it out of the park, being one of the funniest sections of the film.
Speaking of the humor, the movie is just downright funny. From the humorous lines to simply gags about the continuous repetition that goes on in Jon’s life. From start to finish, the movie provides laughs at every corner.
“Don Jon” works as a great romantic comedy that actually explores how relationships cannot and can work. It also goes deeper into how a person shouldn’t follow the exact same routine every day. The movie features actual character development and delves into the different relationships.
Not only that, but the movie is extremely funny, providing a ton of good jokes. Gordon-Levitt’s first film as director, writer and actor goes over very well. 5 out of 5.