Joaquin Phoenix stars as a lonely writer who purchases and then falls in love with an operating system in Spike Jonze’ romantic comedy Her. Her review after the jump.
Spike Jonze is known for being a little offbeat. From his crazy yet brilliant music videos (Beastie Boys’ Sabotage, anyone?) to his crazy movies like Being John Malkovich; it’s safe to say his mind acts in a different creative manner than most. The same could be said about Her – a wonderful movie about finding love.
Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) is going through a divorce and spends his time at work, writing letters for clients to their loved ones. Life is lonely, and he has become more depressed and unapproachable, even to his closest of friends. Whilst on the way to his office, he sees and hears an advert for the world’s first fully A.I Operating System – one that can not only sort out any technical problems but one that he can also converse with.
After a few questions regarding his personality and what voice he would like to hear (a girls), he soon finds himself owning an O.S who calls herself Samantha and is voiced by Scarlett Johansson. They hit it off and begin to fall in love with each other.
Yes, you read that right, the main character and the computer operating system fall in love and become an item. While it sounds strange, the manner in which the subject is wrote and handled by Jonze and acted by Phoenix and Johansson, it actually becomes a beautiful thing to behold.
Joaquin Phoenix is one of the most underrated actors today (in my eyes at least) and in Her he is simply mesmerizing. Although we never see Johansson on screen (only hear her voice) she portrays Samantha perfectly and Amy Adams does a great job as Theodore’s friend.
We feel that Jonze may have gone a little off track with Where the Wild Things are, but he is back with a huge bang with her. It’s wrote and directed with fantastic skill and the cinematography and colouring is breath-taking.
I also need to point out that Her is set in the future but, like I feel it should, the film doesn’t bombard you with incredible make believe technology, just slight improvements on what we have now. Samantha is definitely advanced, but how far is an Operating System like that from the technology with have with, say Siri on Iphones.
Her is the first film in ten years to make me think about life and how we love and lose and fall in love again – the last film was Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and that became one of my favourite movies of all time too.
Her is a beautiful look at relationships and the need to be loved. It has brilliant acting by the lead star and is directed by a director on top of his game. Must see.