Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Her Review - 3 Stars

The very creative director Spike Jonze creates a sly comment on the effect of computers on our world.  Joaquin Phoenix begins the story as a letter writer sometime in the distant future.  He has the ability to express feelings on paper, a skill needed in the world to come.  But Joaquin suffers from depression after the break up of his marriage.  Rooney Mara has a nice scene or two as his former wife displaying care and contempt for Joaquin.  One day he buys a new operating system with both artificial and emotional intelligence.  Voiced by Scarlett Johansson she reflects what he appears to need in a mate.  One step at a time she wins his confidence and soon they date, and even share intimacy.  Johansson’s voice is an amazing instrument in this role.  She sounds like a partner:  intellectual, emotional and almost physical.   When I see people walking around with their face in their I Phones I almost wonder if this really is where we’re headed.  The ending’s a little soft and confusing and at times you may be tempted to laugh–go ahead.  You’ll be thinking about “Her” later.  Does it deliver what it promises?  Sly sci-fi futuristic take.  Is it entertaining?  Jaw dropping.  Is it worth the price of admission?  Not many movies like this floating around.