"Falling in love is a crazy thing to do. It’s like a socially acceptable form of insanity." -Amy, ‘Her’
I was intrigued by the premise of this film, intrigued enough to agree to create a alternative poster for Shortlist.com when this type of movie isn’t my usual fare. I wanted to portray a human quality, analog with texture, since the film is so clean and technological. Theodore enjoys a moment with his love Samantha, pictured here as a ghostly figure of binary code and circuits.
‘Her' explores a slightly uncomfortable subject, but one that can hold deeper understanding, especially for those of us who have felt deep affection for someone (or something) unconventional.
Why you gotta do me like that, Spike? Why you gotta have me sitting in a movie theater crying over a stupid computer? Her is my favorite Spike Jonze vision. The set design of the futuristic Los Angeles is absolutely amazing. It’s one of the best-looking movies of the year and features a great score from Arcade Fire. But what separates this film from the rest of the pack is how goddamn smart it is. Away from the soul-crushing theme of trying to move on from heartbreak, what Jonze has really given us is a cautionary tale on the reliance of technology. Joaquin Phoenix is pitch-perfect in his role and Scarlett Johanssen deserves some kind of award for her voice work. At the risk of sounding too pretentious, even if it’s too late for that, I’ll just say this: Her is a beautiful, funny film that will serve as the template for modern romance features. It’s like the perfect love story set in the iPhone world with the perfect mixture of thought-provoking underlying themes.