A heartbroken writer falls in love with an operating system that evolves into a unique entity during their union. Things become complicated as Theodore’s complex emotions are exacerbated by ’Samantha’s’ inability to provide physical comfort.
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Credit where it's due to MC Joaquin and Amy Adams, but it's Johansson who gives the film's best performance, with her voice alone. "Her" works (and moves, and terrifies) because it's as much about relationships as it is about believable, burgeoning AI unlocking its potential and discovering its needs. With "Ex Machina" following it a year later, clearly these themes cohere better than one would initially think.
Jonze delivers the expected advertising-future gleam of perfect metropolises and Days Of Heaven editing. But lurking in the background of the movie, as in the collective imagination, is the sinister rebelliousness of 2001's HAL, dressed in the satire of infedility; but we all know it's Scarlet Johansson's voice, and what chance does the film's incorporeal soul stand against the persona of a screen goddess?
Interesting in its presentation of a dystopia as 'utopia', but the sexual politics were repellent. Women are made to look cold and villainous because they don't appreciate the film's "puppy-dog" hero; in short, an emotionally-stunted perv who wants his women fawning and subservient! One major subplot struck me as little more than a prolonged and rather nasty attack on Jonze's evidently "ungrateful" ex Sofia Coppola.
The cinematography is beautiful. Her is a special film in that it seems so dreamy and futuristic while maintaining a sense of contemporary realism. Joaquin Phoenix is amazing, and it's hard to imagine many other actors who could pull this role off so well.
Along with Minority Report and The 5th Element, Her is part of a small group of Sci-fi movies that have truly succeded in creating a coherent atmosphere (in costumes, architecture, vehicules, etc). And the achievement in Her is quite remarkable because it is so subtle. It does seem like a look into the near future. As for everything else, well, the dialogues are excellent but AI sometimes seems to me like fetichism.
It's no because it's cute, it's not because of the beautiful photography. People try to find bad things to say like "the script it's not so good", but so what? Do you realize how messed up we are? How fucked up love is? Can you NOT feel it and think about it watching this movie?
I thought the ending would be a predictable twist on the way that HAL 9000 went out at the end of "2001", and it wasnt even close to that, in fact, it was quite the opposite. It should have won Best Picture, and Joaquin Phoenix should have at least been nominated for Best Actor, not to mention Scarlett Johannsen in what could be the greatest "voice only" performance of all time. This film is a masterpiece! 5+ stars
The movie deserves all the merit for its original storyline, intelligent use of sci-fi elements, cool cinematography and, above all, a clever, but also emotional, reflection on our relationships with technology and with each others. This looked like a really plausible near future to me. The abrupt leave of the OSs near the end felt a little off, but overall great movie!