Written and Directed by: Spike Jonze
Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson, Rooney Mara and Chris Pratt.
What Is ‘Her’ About?
Keeping it spoiler free…
Set in the not too distant future ‘Her’ is the story of Theodore, a lonely writer who falls in love with his operating system – the Artificial Intelligence driven ‘OS1’ named Samantha.
Whilst experiencing the pain of his divorce Theodore finds hope in a new non-physical version of love, but how long can that last?
With a soundtrack from Arcade Fire, ‘Her’ is the romantic sci-fi indie film that achieved great acclaim in 2013, wining a Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay and an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.
Why Did I Watch ‘Her’?
I love sci-fi films that feel just around the corner, especially the ones that you know are depicting a fairly plausible future. So this was right up my alley.
Sci-fi is a genre I gravitate towards, and after doing a bit of research I knew that this was a passion project for Spike Jonze, which would mean that every scene would be agonised over. Also the cast in this film are stellar and choosing Arcade Fire to write your soundtrack is very encouraging.
What I Liked About ‘Her’
Pretty much everything. I loved this film. It’s easily one of the best films I’ve seen all year.
Arcade Fire’s soundtrack is fantastic and I really liked the social commentary on our relationship with technology.
All the acting is top notch. The pacing is brilliant. I struggle to find any real flaws with this movie.
‘Her’ also asks a question that I’ve not heard from any other AI sci-fi film before now… If an AI was born and it became more intelligent than a human – how long could we expect to hold its attention?
What I Didn’t Like About ‘Her’
OK, I’m going to have to be petty, but here goes…
When the OS installs and you hear Scarlett Johansson’s voice for the first time, you instantly recognise her voice, which led me to instantly envisage Scarlett Johansson, wearing a pair of head phones, stood in front of a microphone in a sound booth. That took me a little while to get over, but saying that Johansson is fantastic in this film so what do I know?
Joaquin Phoenix also sports a cringe worthy moustache in this film, which I’m sure was purposeful to highlight the loneliness of his character, but all being said I could of done without it.
Good Or Bad?
Was this film any good? Absolutely.
Would I recommend it? Yes.
Would I watch it again? I’ve already watched it twice… And yes!
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David P. Philip