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Spike Jonze
is so smart, and his new film so ingenious and relevant, that I wish I liked it
more. I was completely captivated at first but after a while I became
impatient. I knew where the picture was headed, yet the filmmaker lingered on
every story point, long after emptying his bag of tricks. I admire and respect her but I’m sorry to say I grew tired of
it.

The setting
is the somewhat-creepy near future (as envisioned by talented production
designer K.K. Barrett). Joaquin Phoenix delivers a great, tour-de-force performance
as a closed-off guy who works for a company that composes personal letters for
people who haven’t the time or ability to do it themselves. They want to convey
the illusion of caring and he has a way with words, although it doesn’t extend
to his real-life relationships.

Phoenix leads
an empty existence, playing holographic video games in his soulless,
ultramodern apartment. His love life is barren since the dissolution of his
marriage (to Rooney Mara). Even the spark of friendship he maintains with Amy
Adams is just barely alive, given her own marital problems and overall ennui.

Into this
world comes a new computer operating system personified by a female voice and
bearing the name Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johansson). She is so intuitive and
natural-sounding that she seems like a real person, and before long Phoenix is
treating her as one: she becomes, for all intents, and purposes, his new
girlfriend.

You may well
ask, “And then what happens?” The answer is, “Nothing much,” or perhaps,
“Nothing you can’t see coming a mile away.” For some people (including many
critics) this is not a hindrance. The evocative futuristic setting and the
compelling premise, along with strong performances, are enough to win them
over. I felt that way for the first hour of her
until Spike Jonze dropped the ball. It’s enormously frustrating to like a
movie so much and then feel shortchanged at the end. 

 

 

 

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Comments

Tom Salagaj

We read the reviews from several critics and went to see Her based on the reviews and the stars we have always liked. What a dull experience. The story did not go anywhere. Such a blah ending. Perhaps it duplicated the dullness and frustration of the main character. It is doubtful this man could ever have a full and satisfying relationship with ANY woman. If the girl at the door, sent by his software lover could not excite him, then how could any other woman do more? Walking out of the movie, my wife and I both felt like we wasted our time and our money. Such a disappointment. We expected so much more.

ARIF SHAHDOLI

namaskaar !i read your movie guide .this is historic guide of world cinema.very very Conguruculations.

Norm

Spike Jonze…maybe too much hemp dulled the creative sensitivities…

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