"Her" Quick Hits Review

Photo Credit: Photo by Courtesy of Warner Bros. Picture – © 2013 - Untitled Rick Howard Company LLC

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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