What if you had an operating system on your computer with Artificial Intelligence? A system that could think for itself and interact with you as though it were another human being? In the movie Her, Theodore Twombly gets the woman of his dreams in an OS that is unlike any other woman he has ever met.
Movie Title: Her
Directed by: Spike Jonze
Screenplay By: Spike Jonze
Director of Photography: Hoyte Van Hoytema
Music By: Owen Pallett
US Release Date: December 18, 2013
Run time: 2 Hours 6 Minutes
Average Film Score: 9.28
Her is the story of a very lonely man that can’t seem to find a soul mate that completes him, until one day a new Operating System is released and he connects with it on a very intimate level. This new OS has Artificial Intelligence which enables the user to interact with it on every human like level…including love. Theodore Twombly gets more than he bargains for and realizes that the love of his life is not a flesh and blood human but his personal computer.
Like all movies I go to see, I did not research anything on this movie and went in blind. My girlfriend and I were blown away with stellar acting, beautiful music and a story that not only turned our heads but also made us feel truly alive. Joaquin Phoenix plays Theodore Twombly, a man that has suffered great heartbreak from a divorce and cannot seem to find true love in the conventional sense. When he purchases a new Operating System, voiced by the talented Scarlett Johansson, he finds that not only does he make a new friend but that he is able to love again. The movie has some very unorthodox themes but themes nonetheless that are provocative.
The movie Her is a very introspective look into the human mind and feelings of love, sex, depression and wonder. There were several scenes that were a little uncomfortable but interesting in the most perverse ways imaginable but made sense when you would start to understand the complexities of Phoenix’s character. Joaquin was amazing and I was very surprised he was able to pull off this type of character. After all, he is interacting not with actual human but a voice only.
The music was spot on with the emotions of the movie and the cinematography was outstanding. Unfortunately, this movie was not nominated for Best Picture. I felt like the movie as a whole was thought provoking and gave me warm fuzzy feelings. Excellent job to Director Spike Jonze, Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson.
Best line in the film:
Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix): “Sometimes I think I have felt everything I’m ever gonna feel. And from here on out, I’m not gonna feel anything new. Just lesser versions of what I’ve already felt.”
- Directing: 9.5
- Set Direction: 8.5
- Costume Design and/or Direction: 9.3
- Music: 9.5
- Lead Actors: 9.8
- Supporting Actors: 9.5
- Cinematography: 9.5
- Sound: 9
- Effects: 8.5
- Story: 9.7
Average Film Score: 9.28