Spike Jonze’s latest feature film stars Joaquin Phoenix as Theodore Twombly, a lonely, disconnected man who falls in love with his new operating system. Sounds bonkers, doesn’t it? Well, it actually isn’t.
We’re introduced to a world where people are connected to technology at all times, they’re immersed in it, they walk around in their own little worlds, not needing to actually speak with the people around them. We’re already well on the way to this kind of world – how many of you wander around wearing headphone, talking on hands free sets and glued to your phones? I thought so. Jones’ future feels so close you can almost touch it, and this is one of the things I liked best about Her.
As far as the story goes, it is an original slice of romantic sci-fi (is that even a genre?!) that is beautifully shot with some strong performances. Phoenix is wonderful as the slightly creepy Twombly, which is just as well seeing as its his face we see the most of the time. Scarlett Johansson manages to emote, using only her voice, and Amy Adams isn’t terrible (I’m sorry but the woman just annoys me).
Her is beautiful, emotional, though-provoking and occasionally funny (thank the lord for Chris Pratt) and while I can see that it is indeed a ‘good film’… I’m just not sure that I really like it all that much. There really isn’t enough story to sustain a 126 minute film and at times I struggled, and hoped the resolution would come quickly. It didn’t.
My friend said that it reminded her of sitting near a boring couple on the train as they ‘drone on endlessly about their feelings’. I can’t really put it better than that.
Her has an interesting and unique premise, some good performances, a pinch of humour, some lovely cinematography and yet I didn’t like it as much as I wanted to.
Score: this is an 8/10 film but I can’t give it more than 6