Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson
Directed by: Spike Jonze
Written By: Spike Jonze
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 2 hr 6 min
Her is set some time in our future. The actual date is never declared, but judging by the production design and the technology on show, it doesn’t feel so far away. Many of the moments where we see people interacting with their technology isn’t that far removed from how we interact with our assorted gadgets today. Voice control, touch, and hand gestures seem to be the only way to interact with computers in this future, and you won’t see a single keyboard or mouse anywhere. All of that is available today to a limited degree, so you’ll find the setting for Her, very credible. Which is important, because this film will need you to suspend disbelief while you ponder the possibility of a love connection between Theadore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), and a super advanced intelligent computer program called Samantha (Scarlett Johansson.)
Her, is one of the most unusual films I’ve seen in years. Balancing on a knife-edge between absurd and insightful, this movie sets out to have a thoughtful conversation about relationships. What that actually means, and what is required to really make a love connection between two people. Sometimes that conversation seemed a little clinical to me, but I found every moment of this film fascinating. The film also looks amazing, and the script by Spike Jonze is thoughtful and intelligent. Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson and Any Adams also do a great job of making all this seem credible.
This doesn’t feel or look like your typical futuristic science fiction film, so don’t go into this thinking you’re going to see flying cars! It’s set in the future, but not that far. To get the most out of this film, you absolutely have to keep your mind open. Any ‘mechanical’ thoughts you might have about how an intelligent computer operating system might work need to be put aside. Think of the OS as a person only – and you’ll have a better chance at getting to the heart of what this film is trying to say. Her, is rated R due to its language, sexual content and brief nudity.
This is beautifully shot film. I especially loved all the color used in the office environments. A digital matinée showing is recommended. At home, A HD showing for sure. This film gorgeous design detail will be harder to appreciate if you watch this on a tablet or phone.
I did like the technology on display. A bit like what we have today, only way more sophisticated, and it actually seemed to work consistently!