Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Her (2013)


Written by Spike Jonze
Directed By Spike Jonze
Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson

Her is a film about a computer and a man. They fall in love and have a long emotional relationship. Each one is aware of how this looks from the outside and wish to normalize it. The computer only has a voice, no body, so their physical relationship is almost non existent.

Joaquin Phoenix is a great character actor and he does a wonderful job in this film. The emotional roller coaster of his relationship with Scarlett Johansson is thrilling and uncomfortable at the same time. The real emotion we feel as an audience in surprisingly powerful given the situation we are asked to sympathize with.

The cinematography is heavily stylized and specific. Those wide open lenses really harken to a dream like feeling that is so focused and unfocused that you can help but get swept away. The costumes and sets and equally enchanting and specific all at the same time.

Top 5. This film has raw emotion. It plays well.

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