Written December 22, 2013
A foolish and sentimental variation on the "computers are taking over the world" genre -- this time, the computers (their operating systems) are taking over our love lives! lucky us!
except that, bodiless and more intelligent, they'd rather date each other. So the OS leaves its real world "boyfriend" for a polygamous life in the meta-sphere.
Without the seductive voice of Scarlet Johansson as the Operating System, and the seductive weirdness of Joaquin Phoenix as her smitten 'lover', this would be what it really is: a sad little tale of a damaged man doing telephone sex with his smartphone.
You're gonna love it or hate it. I hated it.
Written January 19, 2014
I was sooo looking forward to this! At the one hour mark, I looked over to see my husband yawning and shutting his eyes. I was bored, so I asked him if he wanted to leave. "Walk out?" he asked, startled because he knew I really wanted to see this movie. "Walk out," I confirmed. So we did. I know this movie was supposed to be more cerebral than visual, but even the cerebral part was trite, predictable, and strained - seriously, phone sex with a dead cat? That's what the movie needed to create interest? Well, even that failed.
Written January 17, 2014
In sum, excellent performances all around--Scarlett Johannsen as the voice of the OS is worth the price of admission alone--but drags on a bit long while slogging towards a predictable conclusion. As my son observed, equal parts adorably cute and exceedingly awkward, this tale of man and technology is more than plausible, but cannot help but fall back on the underpinning premise that in the end real love triumphs, while failing to deeply examine what it means to love. A very near miss that while raising lots of provocative questions about sex, might have been braver about addressing the questions of intimacy. I suspect that this film's intent was to spark animated discussion about the nature of love, and if so it---almost---achieved its goal.
Written January 13, 2014
Okay, I guess it's a satire about our e-culture? The dialogue was muttered most of the time and the plot was so utterly slow and boring that I went to sleep several times. The views of LA were lovely, however. Definitely not a kids' picture.
Written December 24, 2013
Her is an incredible,poignant, fun, and compelling film. The story is quite unique and perfecty suitable for this period of history of technological advances and an inveritable plethora of communication devices available to us all. Why is the film so great? Not only is the story original and unique, it is told by a pitch-perfect cast led by Mr Phoenix and Ms Johannson. The supporting roles are all very well cast, as well. I will not say much more about the story for fear of spoiling suprises and poignance. Go with an open mind and take this journey. It is worth it. The direction is outstanding. I have read lots of Oscar buzz for other films lately like American Hustle but Her is for me better than ANY other contender up to now. That is how original, magical, poignant, entertaining, affecting and important this film is for our current technological culture.