Monday, January 27, 2014

2013 #8: HER

Boldly original, strikingly conceived, and flawlessly executed, writer/director Spike Jonze has crafted an elegant romantic drama for our current technology obsessed times.  This is a deeply layered, incredibly soulful film, one that explores the fundamental idea of love and what it means to humans on both an emotional and psychological level, while also discussing what it might mean to a piece of artificial intelligence.  Joaquin Phoenix is wonderful in a lead performance that couldn’t be any more different from his ghoulish, serpentine work in last year’s The Master, and using only her amazingly intoxicating voice, Scarlett Johansson does tremendous work as the eternal and unseen object of desire.  Repeated viewings will likely reap multiple, previously undiscovered rewards.

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