Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Don Jon (2013)

Director: Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza, Brie Larson. 90 min. Rated R. Comedy/Drama/Romance.

In his directorial debut, Gordon-Levitt tries to mitigate his boyish charm, and adapts a fake see-through manly gruff voice to play a porn addict, who (surprise!) realizes there's more to life than that. I don't find the subject matter funny, so I felt the whole perspective of dealing with it as a comedy was somewhat annoying. Strangely, Brie Larson is the most interesting character of the whole movie, and she rarely even says a word - a testament to her acting skills. For a much more in-depth view on the same subject, watch Oscar-nominated Steve McQueen's movie, Shame.

Mo says:


  1. I liked the movie for comparing different approach of 2 woman toward the issue , one who is sexy, beautiful , smart ,young but immature and the other one vise versa .She looked the subject from a realistic and mature angle, so she got successful at last . Another positive point of movie was style of repeating the scenes to show how life is routine and repeating again and again . We have seen the same already but anyway it was kind of a modern image.I think for first directing it was not too bad. Agree shame is much more deep but I got its main focus was not merely porno addict.I felt the fact about Shame was concept of Incest. The brother was in love of his sister but tried to suppress that in this way.

  2. That was one of the problems I had with the story: Julianne Moore's story was so painful, inserting it into a comedy was somehow .... cruel. And if you think of it, the whole notion in Hollywood movies, of a guy treating women solely as objects of men's pleasure and one-night-stands, is quite inhumane and disgusting. I really don't find this stuff funny. But maybe I'm growing too old and conservative.

    (There's the concept of incest in "Shame"?! Wow, I didn't get that.)