At times, extremely satisfying; at times so disapointing. The acting. The cinematography, my god THOSE COLORS. These things were great, but the plot was so predictable at the begining. Then, in the final act, the story focuses on Samantha and everything improves. Worst of all: the dialogues sound so fabricated even though for obvious reasons, this film heavily relies on them.
Joaquin Phoenix is the 'Him' and 'Her' of this futuristic movie shot in Shanghai and LA in pastel soft tones. It creates a world of artificial intelligence where Samantha Scarlett Johansson becomes the love of his life, tidies his emails, reads him a book and has aural listening sex with him. It offers a scary scent of a future made up of fantasy and dullards that seems all too close from the immediacy of this film.
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.
The cinematography stayed enticing throughout the entire length of the movie, truly a masterclass in framing and mise-en-scene. The story however, became a little bit boring throughout the second hour. In my mind the character arcs were nice in theory but didn't make it to the screen as well as all other things did.