Top 365 Films – #117 – Her (2013)

Top 365 Films - HerDIRECTED BY: Spike Jonze

STARRING: Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, Chris Pratt, Matt Letscher, Luka Jones, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Portia Doubleday, Brian Cox and Spike Jonze

BUDGET: $23m

EARNED (Worldwide): $47.3m

AWARDS: 1 Oscar (Best Original Screenplay) and 1 Golden Globe (Best Original Screenplay)

 

SYNOPSIS

A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly purchased operating system that’s designed to meet his every need.

 

Her has us follow a man named Theodore Twombly who works as a letter writer and spends his down time playing video games and hanging out with friends. Currently he is going through the final stages of divorce when he decides to purchase the new OS1, which is advertised as the world’s first artificially intelligent operating system. Soon enough his OS1, named Samantha, makes an impression on Theodore and an unlikely relationship begins to form as they spend time together, which leads to Theodore looking within his inner conflict about being in love with an OS.

 

 

Written and directed by Spike Jonze, Her had blown me away when it came out here early last year. I knew little about the film bar the concept, which intrigued me and Her happens to be beautifully shot with great cinematography from Hoyte Van Hoytema, with a screenplay that is both funny and genuine which is elevated with the performances on show, especially from Joaquin Phoenix. Phoenix is raw as a man who’s isolated himself from human intimacy due to his failed marriage, who then falls for his OS, creating a multi-layered performance that elevates the film. For her voice performance I found Scarlett Johansson to be absolutely terrific, probably my favourite performance from her in just creating a personally of a bodiless character that has to bring pure emotion to the role just by her voice. The film is a brilliant portrayal of where the world is now with online relationships, especially without the person being present as well as the feeling of isolation from others and how society today relies so much on technology and sometimes the lack of human social interaction that comes with it.

 

FAVOURITE SCENE: Theodore and Samantha take a trip to the beach.

FAVOURITE QUOTE: ‘Sometimes I think I have felt everything I’m ever gonna feel. And from here on out, I’m not gonna feel anything new. Just lesser versions of what I’ve already felt.’ – Theodore 

DID YOU KNOW?: Samantha Morton was originally the voice of Samantha. She was present on the set with Joaquin Phoenix every day. After the filming wrapped and Spike Jonze started editing the movie, he felt like something was not right. With Morton’s blessing, he decided to recast the role and Scarlett Johansson was brought and replaced Morton, re-recording all the dialogue..

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