Let me start of this blog by telling you about my (un) healthy obsession with Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Ever since seeing 500 Days of Summer, I’ve really felt a connection with Joe. It’s kind of like we’re really close friends, even though he totally doesn’t know I exist. I remember watching a few of his older movies for the first time and realizing what an adorable and charming actor he is. But besides being delightfully witty and wonderfully attractive, it turns out that Gordon-Levitt is incredibly gifted when it comes to movie making.
For the first time ever, Gordon-Levitt wrote and directed his very own film, Don Jon. I finally got around to seeing the movie last weekend and loved it. Now, now – I know what you’re thinking. Of course I loved; I’m clearly in a make believe relationship with the guy. But relationship aside, I really do think that Gordon-Levitt did a remarkable job creating his first film.
Don Jon is about a New Jersey man who struggles with finding a real relationship because of his unhealthy addiction to porn. After watching the previews for the movie, I thought it was going to be a funny portrayal of a man addicted to dirty movies, but it’s so much more than that. Don Jon actually has a deep, valuable message hidden underneath all of the exaggerated accents and over exaggerated muscles. The movie does a great job of poking fun at people whose lives are driven by daily trips to the gym and nightly visits to the clubs to pick up chicks. But in the end, you may find that Don Jon is not who you thought he was.
Another aspect of this movie that I really enjoyed was the fact that Gordon-Levitt plays a New Jersey hard-ass who wears a wife beater for 50% of his screen time. I think he got into the habit of playing gentle, soft-spoken boys, and it was nice to see him do something out of his comfort zone. Overall, I think Don Jon is definitely worth seeing. If you don’t end up liking the story’s plot or characters, at least you’ll be able to stare at the ever-so-beautiful Joseph Gordon-Levitt for 90 minutes.