Her: Movie Review
"Her" is scary. Scary in a way because it seems to be an accurate look into what could happen to society in a few decades - maybe even a few years from now. It is also a surprise in fact because what seems to be a plot on human-AI relationships turns out to be more than that - it is a look into a deeper human psyche. One that strikes a cord to everyone who has had there heart torn into pieces. And that is the true majesty of "Her", it is able to convey its message even with a scifi twist and a twist that clearly has its own character.
In 2025, Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) is a lonely, introverted man who works for a business that has professional writers compose heartfelt letters for people who are unwilling or unable to write letters themselves. At night, he has phone sex with random women he meets on the internet. Unhappy because of his impending divorce from childhood sweetheart Catherine (Rooney Mara), Theodore purchases a talking operating system with artificial intelligence. The A.I. introduces herself as Samantha and soon, Theodore finds himself enthralled and contemplating a relationship with a non-human being.
"Her" makes you feel uneasy as man and "machine" make intimate love. Yes, they do. But more than that, "Her" is nothing without Joaquin Phoenix. A spectacular performance from the man, every idiosyncrasies of Theodore is beautifully acted and captured on the big screen. We feel every awkward moment, every sadness and every happiness that Theodore goes through. We can honestly say that we experienced what Theodore experienced and this in fact is something rare. It is really a plus that the film's unique orange glow give some added oomph to its visuals and cinematogrpahy. Sadly, the narrative isn't perfect. Overall though, this misstep is forgivable considering your given a deep psychological and technical look on what love and relationships are.
Rating: 4 and a half reels
Why you should watch it:
- Joaquin Phoenix is a perfect fit as the peculiar Theodore Twombly
- cinematography is uniquely spectacular
Why you shouldn't watch it:
- narrative is a step down
Labels Amy Adams, drama, Her, Joaquin Phoenix, movie review, Olivia Wilde, romance, Rooney Mara, Scarlett Johansson, scifi, Spike Jonze