Don Jon Review!By Sj.Cliff
Sex has been inching its way into our cinemas, so it’s only natural a film about porn would crop up sooner or later. Combine that with (a favourite with the ladies of the office) Joseph Gordon-Levitt and you have to have a winner right?
The story is simple Don (played by the babe himself), lothario extraordinaire, is longing for a conquest that matches up with the porn he watches. Let’s just say his addiction to blue movies boarders on addiction. Aside from that, himself and his family there’s nothing else he really cares about…
I’m not going to spoil the movie for you guys, but let’s just say he meets a girl in a bar named Barbra (Scarlett Johansson) who changes his perspective.
Now I know what you’re thinking: a movie about porn is just for the lads. But it’s actually way more than that.
It actually gets into a couple of pretty serious subjects, all revolving around the delusions that both genders get from films. Don’s idea of sex without any connection and expectation when it comes to what the women he picks up will do, is jaded through the porn he watches. Barbra wants the whirlwind romance that can only be found in romantic comedies. Both things just aren’t possible in the real world, and we follow a journey of acceptance to the flaws we find in reality.
While the characters are a little OTT in their ideas (at least I hope) compared to the real world – they get the message across well. Gordon-Levitt has extracted and emphasised aspects of the expectations we have from our relationships and created a sometimes cute, sometimes snappy film revolving around them.
The end result of the film is a little obvious after about an hour, but it’s a refreshing obvious and not a called-it obvious. To be honest, it was what I wanted to happen.
All in all, I thought this was a really great film, actually made me think pretty hard about how films have altered my perceptions on things; as well as giving me a giggle.
Awesomely directed and brilliantly written, I defiantly recommend it!
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