Friday, January 10, 2014


In the not too distant future, Joaquin Phoenix plays a mild mannered man, still mourning his breakup with his ex, and struggling to get back in the game of dating.  But all of that changes when he falls in love with his computer's operating system, who has artificial intelligence and the voice of Scarlett Johansson.

Spike Jonze has definitely directed some great films, like 'Being John Malkovich' and 'Adaptation', but both of those were collaborations with one of the greatest writers in Hollywood, Charlie Kaufman.  Unfortunately Jonze's films aren't nearly as brilliant when he is the man behind the typewriter.  The premise of 'Her' is great and certainly starts out like the kind of Kaufman-esque film that I love.  But it just doesn't live up to its potential, never really reaching any memorable moments in its way too long run time of 125 minutes.  And even with talented beauties like Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde and Johansson (via voiceover), it just never really come to life.  This is a love story, and although I did like it, I never fully connect with it, and I wish it was either lighter or darker.  Though it's on a lot of Top 10 lists this year, so apparently a lot of critics fell for 'Her'.  Personally I much preferred the vaguely similarly themed, yet much darker and much more interesting 'Ruby Sparks'.

Grade: B+

Who is this movie for?  Fans of quirky indie romances, and anyone that's ever crushed on Siri or their sexy GPS navigator.

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