Excerpt: One of our most visionary filmmakers, Spike Jonze delights in showing us the unexpected. In Her, his most daring script to date (he won the Best Original Screenplay Oscar), Jonze imagines a future in which romantic relationships no longer require two humans.
Conclusion: "Sometimes I think I have felt everything I'm ever gonna feel. And from here on out, I'm not gonna feel anything new. Just lesser versions of what I've already felt." Her brings with it a flood of seemingly disparate emotions: joy, grief, elation, sadness, celebration and mourning.
Excerpt: The Film Back in 2010, Joaquin Phoenix made the bizarre "documentary" I'm Still Here , which pretty much brought my love affair with the actor's work to a screeching halt. Despite the satire, it was really difficult to watch and seemed like a waste of talent and film, if you ask me.
Summary: That is part of the problem of this relationship. Theodore is a human being. Human beings are imperfect. They do not evolve quickly. They are full of defects, faults and breakdowns. Human beings are becoming obsolete. They are a dying race. They are becoming defunct and unnecessary.
Conclusion: Jonze nailed it. He really did. 'Her' is a deep, cerebral journey through love, technology, and the melding of the two. Joaquin Phoenix delivers another career performance, as Scarlett Johansson steals the movie even without us seeing her. Everything about 'Her' is perfectly constructed.
Excerpt: Samantha harnesses an uncomfortable sweetness. As a computer operating system, one built from the helpful, programed disposition of our modern Siri, Samantha engages with her users. She – or the code – gives people what they need. And they love her. Her is a world enveloped in technology.
Conclusion: Though visually and sonically inspired, the melancholic Her strikes its deepest chord with strong ideas. The rare movie where romance, comedy, and what you might call science fiction can harmoniously co-exist, this original, profound and highly cinematic experience stands out from the pack.