Movie Review: Don Jon
Don Jon, written, directed, and starring, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, reveals the life of Jon Martello who enjoys the simple things: his boys, his family, his church, his gym, and lastly his porn.
Objectification is one of the main themes of this film. Jon frequently goes out and picks up women that are only “10s.” Getting to know someone or getting into a relationship with someone because of his or her personality is far from Jon’s radar.
It is seen throughout the film that Jon’s tendency to objectify women stems from his friendships and his family. Jon’s dad (played by Tony Danza) is always objectifying the women he sees on TV, and even objectifies Jon’s girlfriend Barbara (played by Scarlett Johansson) when he introduces her to his family. It is no wonder why Jon is the way he is in life.
Barbara has let romantic movies and other visions of “the perfect relationship” flaw her view on what an actual real life relationship is all about. This character is a very true to life form of the way people think today. People are so influenced by all of the media around them that they fantasize that their life should be exactly the same way.
Esther (played by Julianne Moore), on the other hand, is a character who is more down to earth. She has been through a lot in her life and is more realistic about what a relationship should be. Esther essentially brings Jon back down to earth and makes him realize that what he has been doing for years is all a fantasy.
Barbara and Esther are on different parts of the spectrum. As a viewer, one can watch the change each woman has on Jon. Both actresses do a fabulous job in portraying these characters. Scarlett Johansson especially plays the part of the stereotypical New Jersey resident well. Her heavy Jersey accent, hardheaded attitude, mannerisms, and overall look really brought her character to life.
The relationship between Jon and his family is incredibly accurate. Watching the four sit around the dinner table every Sunday is a view of a true Italian family. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tony Danza’s relationship in the movie is one of the most notable. The way they speak to each other, argue, and even the similarities shared between the two is hilarious.
Don Jon is a comical yet a true-to-life film on how relationships can change a person for the good and sometimes the not so good. Joseph Gordon-Levitt did a wonderful job showing his image on the big screen and getting the message of the film to stick with the audience.