(directed By Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 2013)
***+ (out of 5)
> Okay, it’s official: the funny little guy from TV’s Third Rock From the Sun is a serious artist.
. Joseph Gordon-Levitt has come a long way from his early days as a silly sitcom star! Though I truly hated BRICK, (his totally unbelievable film noir project), I found him delightful in (500) DAYS OF SUMMER, believable in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, compelling in the extraordinary INCEPTION, and heart-achingly good in the ‘cancer comedy’ 50/50- but with DON JON he reveals himself as a true auteur and a triple-threat artist: he is a fine writer, a good director and expressive actor.
. Because it’s so very difficult to do well, it is said of a director who casts himself in a lead role, that he has a fool for a leading man. Still, it’s a near-impossible balancing act this major talent pulls off with remarkable skill and aplomb. DON JON is very, very original! It’s a romance of a very singular sort- a light human comedy about… pornography addiction?! It shouldn’t work but it does- beautifully. This is a relationship flick, about a man’s relationship with women, and ultimately, with himself. There is a great supporting cast who all seem to be having fun with the material, including Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Brie Larson, Tony Danza and Channing Tatum. Writer-director Gordon-Levitt deftly navigates the minefields of dicey terrain. Skillfully avoiding the yuck-factor, he delivers a really sweet film about growing and maturing beyond ones’ perceived limitations. It took some guts to tackle this script and a sure hand to pull it off. This work makes me excited about his career to come.
. DON JON is wholly unexpected, but good. Really good! See it.
© Kevin Paul Keelan and lastcre8iveiconoclast, 2017. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Kevin Paul Keelan and lastcre8iveiconoclast with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.