Written January 28, 2014
The world was just painted so well. The movie was very much about what you could imagine. I kept imagining what Samantha looked like (probably a lot like Scarlett Johansson!). The future they painted was also so realistic that it could one day be a reality, which is a little unnerving. All of that made the movie even better. The comedy side of the movie really played well with the characters and lifted the mood in the more depressing parts of the movie. Joaquin Phoenix should have been nominated for this role.
Written January 20, 2014
The first several minutes of the movie is a sexual climax scene using internet sex. It seems to go on for a long time.... I find scenes nauseating in any movie that show "bodily functions" such as defecating, humping and sexual climaxing that goes on for a relatively long time. If a movie is on DVD I can "fast forward" sexual climax and "humping" and defecating scenes. In a theater you are stuck there and forced to watch. But not me. In addition, the whole idea of the film seems sad. We got up and walked out and got a refund from Muvico. I'll probably get it on DVD from netflix when it comes out in that format.
Written January 14, 2014
This was an amazingly creative movie. Thought provoking, sterile yet emotional. I've never been a hugh Joaquin Phoenix fan but he was truly amazing carrying practically the whole story on his shoulders. He had to portray such emotion, mostly in extreme close up with no one in the scene to play off of. Very demanding for the actor and so touching for the audience. You will think about this movie long after it ends.
Written December 29, 2013
Don't often see films that stretch reality without straining credulity, but "Her" pulls it off. I caught nothing that is outside the bounds of potential technological reality. No glaring internal inconsistencies. Many, many subtle touches - going to see it a second time. Excellent evocation of the "mind-body" problem. Re" "Ghost in the machine": note the continuum of sophistication in artificial intelligence, with subtleties in cognitive and emotional complexity ranging from the playful but angry snowman, to the Korean housekeeper game, to "Her" herself. Maybe it's just me, but think about the title pronoun. It's in the objective case as opposed to the subjective "she." What interesting questions does that raise?
Written January 05, 2014
The New york Times Oscar preview today missed by not including Her as one of the year's best. Mr Phoenix did a superb job and should compete for best actor. I found the story quite beautiful and soothing, a welcome respite from so many overactive and overacted films.