"Her" Quick Hits Review
on 2014-01-14 17:14
Someone falling in love with there computer at first may sound a bit strange to you. After watching this film though you begin to understand why. The main reason of course is because it has Scarlett Johansson’s voice! Her voice is quite possibly the sexiest voice in the world so I can see why Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) would do so.
Director Spike Jonze has been known for years for his brilliant direction in films like “Being John Malkovich”, “Where the Wild Things Are”, and for his work with bands like The Beastie Boys, R.E.M, and Pavement. “Her” is just another example of his brilliant writing and direction.
Among my favorite things in the film is that it is set in the future which seems like 50 years or so, but clashes with the 1950‘s. From the clothing alone you get a sense that you are actually traveling back in time rather than forward. I also loved the music, which I feel is extremely important in a film like this. It features artists including: The Breeders (I bet fans of 90‘s music are surprised by that), Arcade Fire, Little Willie John, and The Chantels.
Joaquin Phoenix has proved time and time again that he is a wonderful actor. His version of Johnny Cash in “Walk the Line” was magnificent and worthy of an Oscar. His performance in “Her” is just as good and really helps keep the movie together when it slows down. Since you never see Johannson, which is a little disappointing, he has to drive the movie on his own. He does get help from co-stars Amy Adams and Chris Pratt, but much of the film is about Phoenix and Johannson’s characters connecting in a new and mysterious way. If you are a fan of films like “Being John Malkovich”, “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”, or “Lost in Translation” then this may be a film for you.
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