The film stars Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, and voice-acting from Scarlett Johansson.
It received critical acclaim from critics and audience-members alike, and was nominated four five Academy Awards. It won for Best Original Screenplay.
I have been wanting to see this film for the longest time. I have seen fifty-or-so movies from 2013, and I wanted to be able to have a better grasp of some of the films if I wanted to be able to do a wide-spread list. Her was legitimately one of the films that I wanted to see in theaters, but because the theaters weren't showing it, I couldn't.
The film centers around a man named Theodore Twombly. He seems like an ordinary guy, certainly a little down on his luck after recently separating with his wife. Unexpectedly, he sets up his computer operating system and discovers that it has a female voice and personality. This is more than artificial intelligence, this is a lot more. And soon after, he begins to develop an ongoing relationship with Her.
Spike Jonze is known for having films that are driven a lot by their unorthodox storyline, and this one is no different. There is about a million-and-one thoughts this film can provoke. I actually found myself perceiving it as the computer-developers creating an alternative-reality where Samantha (Her) and Theodore can only communicate through this way and that there is another world on her side of the spectrum. A very cool picture to have in one's head.
The story has definitely more to say than what it might seem on the surface. Initially, somebody might mark this off as being about a "lonely guy" that talks to his computer, but once you see the film, I think you'll actually have more of an understanding about what it is actually meant to say. Whether it be a narrative about the advancements of technology, our definition of love, and the idea of expanded horizons.
The difference between this film, and something, perhaps like Being John Malkovich, is that the characters really feel like they are what most of the effort has been put into.
I really felt for the main-protagonist during a lot of the film. He isn't a bad-person, but he seems different, and has a lot of judgment for it from others that don't really know him. I think a lot will definitely be able to relate to that, and/or already have related to it. Samantha doesn't have a physical presence in the film and a lot of the time it seems like most of the movie is of his face, but because of Phoenix's immersing performance, it manages to 'work'.
Scarlett may not have be there physically, but she definitely has a metaphorical presence to behold throughout the film. The actress manages to channel plenty of different emotions through inflection. Other-wise, both characters had a lot of chemistry when they spoke to each-other. Albeit, most of this has to do with how crisp the writing for the dialogue had to have been. There is a lot of funny moments throughout that me laughing hard.
Beyond that though, beyond the charming and infectious characters, the humor, and the creative concept, there is quite a bit of depth to be found also. It comes off with heart, charm, and something that feels like a realistic insight on the future. It definitely takes the viewer for a ride.
In the final quarter of the film, it becomes more conventional and linear with the storytelling. Part of me feels it was necessary and understands that it was relaying a really interesting idea in it, but part of me thinks that it started to lose steam. Nevertheless, it ends with so much good that it barely even seems to matter.
In conclusion, I am sad that I took as long as I did to watch this movie. Her deserves a lot of high-marks. Dazzling cinematography, a riveting story filled with colorful characters, and other-wise, it is just a really entertaining piece of film.
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