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All For Her: a review for Her

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A lonely man becomes intimately attached to the new age of computer technology who returns his feelings.

Returning to his home base of oddly well-rounded films, Director/Writer Spike Jonze has hit upon a masterpiece with his latest project Her. Very droll, canny, and strangely touching, Her is an augmented version of every quality Jonze has brought to the screen in the past. Commenting on the direction humanity is driving on our express lane of technological development, while noting traditional and immutable human characteristics, Her is a seamless blend of a classic and futuristic tale of general feelings. Claiming to have thought of the idea of this plot years before the inception of Siri – and the subsequent Siri movement - Jonze shows a clarity of vision in his writing, proving himself to be still one of the most important contemporary filmmakers.

Putting Joaquin Phoenix at the forefront of a wonderful cast might have been a rocky move, after his popularity began to take tail spin following the “Kaufman maneuver” in preparation for the mockumentary I’m Still Here (2010). While Phoenix has appeared in only a few pictures since, a majority of his audience sadly lost respect and interest. However, Joaquin’s performance in Her should be what wins it all back. His role as Theodore, the man who falls for his O.S. (operating system) displays the panoply of Phoenix’s talent. He is backed by the voice of starlet Scarlett Johansson, who does an amazing job of convincing the audience that Samantha, Theodore’s O.S. is a living entity. Johansson deserves an Oscar nomination – at least – for providing such a presence using only her auditory skills.

Her is now playing in select theaters.


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