In a near future where we are so detached from one another that we pay a company to write our personal letters to one another, in a near future where we are bound to technology more than anything else, ‘Her’ is the brilliant story of Theodore, a mild mannered man that falls in love with Samantha, his operating system. It’s an alluring film from Spike Jonze that is an eye-opening commentary on our ongoing dependency on technology while at the same time spreading a very welcomed take on love.
Aside from the vibrant look and feel to ‘Her’ and the exquisite story that it tells, it’s the performances of the film that make it so invigorating. My best friend recently told me that Joaquin Phoenix looked like the type of person that would fall in love with a computer. I laughed but it’s true. Joaquin completely embraced this role. He’s this floundering man that has lost everything. He’s a wallflower, the type of guy that comes off as a stranger to even those that know him best. Yet he finds love in the least likely of places. Joaquin puts on an astonishing performance, even more so when you realize that a good 80% of the film is nothing but him by himself. When he’s not by himself, he’s surrounded by a cast that includes Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Chris Pratt and Olivia Wilde, who all deliver exceptional performances.
It’s probably not a film for everyone. There are no explosions, the fate of the world isn’t at stake and and nobody has super powers. With ‘Her’, you come for the interesting premise and the lovely story it tells and you stay for the uncomfortable sex scenes and the show-stealing alien.
I recommend it highly.