Despite some strong competition this weekend, Don Jon could be the one to see
Tomorrow is Friday, which - considering everything we’ve been taught - makes today Thursday, November 14. And what better way to spend a Friday night than seeing Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s smug grin on a massive screen? We’re not even being sarcastic.
Meatheads: Joseph Gordon Levitt and Tony Danza
And neither were the critics when they lauded praise upon this, Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut, in which he also stars as the lead alongside Scarlett Johansson. Don Jon is a handsome, cocky young chap with an irresistible charm. His vice: pornography, which comes back to haunt him when he meets a girl strong enough to challenge him.
All the ingredients suggested the final product would be a monumental failure. We’re talking: first-time director playing a risky character in what looks and sounds suspiciously like a romantic comedy. And while it is basically a rom-com, it manages to subvert the genre, combing a handful of solid performances with an original – if not road-tested – screenplay.
“As a director, Gordon-Levitt demonstrates considerable technical flair through stylistic flourishes and coaxes great performances out of his co-stars,” writes Time Out’s Catherine Bray. It’s “Smart, witty and more than a little melancholy,” according to Matt Glasby of Total Film. “Don Jon is a fist-pumping success.”
Siobhan Synnot thinks, writing for Scotsman called Don Jon “A lively, savvy film with some great performances from some surprising quarters.” While Digital Spy’s Simon Reynolds said: “Don Jon is a terrific directorial debut from Gordon-Levitt - funny, moving and with something to say about family and relationships.”
Not your average 'pull', Don - Hey it's Scarlett Johansson!
Competing for your attention this weekend in cinemas are a few solid alternatives. You’ve got Gravity and Captain Phillips – two Oscars contenders that are more than worth a watch – and Thor: The Dark World, which has impressed some sectors of the film press. Then there’s Philomena, rounding off a strong selection.