Directed by Spike Jonze
Written by Spike Jonze
Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara & Olivia Wilde
What a script! If the Academy does not give the Oscar for the best Original Screenplay to Spike Jonze it’ll be a huge injustice! The originality of it! You have to see it to understand what I mean. It’s weirdly real even though it is not. It’s sad but not miserable. It makes you think more than you necessarily want to. In two words: IT WORKS. And I’m not usually Jonze’s fan.
I also liked the mood of the whole film, Her reminded me a lot of Lost in Translation, though that one was a tiny (very tiny) bit better. But the film kind of embraced LA the same way that Lost in Translation did to Tokyo. But it also is sadder if you think it a little bit more. And then again not. Depending on what you are seeking from a relationship? As a huge cry baby I did miss the tears that are usually the icing on the cake for me if the film is really good. This didn’t make that happen but it has so many other things to wonder.
Joaquin Phoenix is again amazing. He always is. What makes it more amazing is that the last part I saw him in was The Master where he was scary. This time he is awfully romantic, lonely man who you just want to give a big hug. He is worth of an Oscar nom but so are all those who were nominated, so… And Scarlett Johansson. I think this is probably her best part to date. And she’s not even on the screen. Not bad. They should give Oscars for voice acting too. Kristen Wiig’s brief turn as SexyKitten is hilarious and Brian Cox is so good that you want to bunch him if he would have body to bunch.
I’m not particularly excited about The Moon Song that is THE song of the film and also nominated for the Oscar but I am very pleased that the producers of the Oscars are bringing all of the acts to play their songs on the stage including Karen O of Yeah Yeah Yeah who is the performer of The Moon Song. She’ll probably won’t win but Her has a good change in Production Design category, especially now after it won Art Directors Guild’s award for the best contemporary film. We’ll be seeing how that goes on March 2nd. Do see Her, it’s definitely worth of your time.
Rating: ****½ (out of 5)