February 13, 2014

Addict

Don Jon (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 2013). An ultimately trivial film about a non-subject, delivered with inappropriate seriousness. Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut (he also wrote and stars) is a warning about the dangers of pornography – or the seduction of images in general. All the clich├ęs – the cartoon Italian-ness like a tenth rate Sopranos (Gordon-Levitt’s Jonny could be one of Christopher Moltisanti’s boys); Scarlett Johansson as womanhood at its most conniving and artificial; Julianne Moore as womanhood at its most maternal and “real” – must be intended.