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.