Oscar and Golden Globe-winning futuristic romantic comedy from writer-director Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich) whose screenplay took out awards, starring Joaquin Phoenix as the lonely Theodore. After buying a newly developed talking operating system (voiced by Scarlett Johansson), Theodore - to his surprise and concern - finds himself in the midst of romantic relationship with a piece of intelligent technology. Co-stars Amy Adams and Rooney Mara.
In a near-future world, Theodore's days consist of pulling up his high-waisted pants and heading into work where he writes personalised love letters on other people's behalf. His own love life is non-existent, still processing the break up of his marriage to Catherine (Mara), from whom he is soon to be divorced. When Theodore buys a new operating system powered by an artificial intelligence he's surprised to find a deep, personal connection form, and he embarks on a life-changing romantic experience.
Best Original Screenplay at the Academy Awards 2014 and Golden Globes 2014
2013Rating: R16, Sexual content and offensive language126 minsUSA
Spike Jonze has a history of injecting emotion and humanity (awkwardly clothed and coiffured as it might be) into his idiosyncratic films. That’s prevented them from being completely in the thrall of their crazy narratives but they have still been dominated by their core wackiness. For the first time with Her, the relationships Jonze brings to the big screen blossom into something bigger than the story and setting around them.
It’s a tale of lonely souls and literalized online dating, and you assume filmmaker Spike Jonze will characteristically mix high-concept absurdism with heartfelt notions. Unexpectedly, the latter dominates, thanks in no small part to Phoenix’s nuanced, open-book performance.