Theodore Twombly is a lonely man going through a divorce with his wife (that he is determinedly putting off), but after downloading a newly released operating system, he starts to befriend Samantha, the name the artificially created mind gives herself. Together they learn about the world, each giving the other different perspectives on life and emotions.
Spike Jonze has come up with a creative idea no doubt. His creative idea is even accompanied by visually appealing video footage, heart-wrenchingly beautiful scores, and perfect chemistry between Joaquin Phoenix (Theodore) and Scarlett Johansson (Samantha), but I wouldn’t give Her anything more than three stars. It was one of those films where the best parts were already in the trailer and all the filler in between was a bit slow. It was an intriguing plot, but so much of it relied on emotions and subtleties that there wasn’t much going on in the movie. I found myself checking my phone to see how much time was left about halfway through the movie. Maybe it would have made a better short film?
Either way, I see why this movie got such good reviews from the critics. I can understand all of the awards. It is so obvious that everyone working on this project was talented. Just don’t go into it expecting to be greatly entertained. It might be better suited for those with a great appreciation for cinematography.
For me this movie was a let down, but I’m glad I saw it, because I know my curiosity would have gotten the better of me eventually anyway. If you want to see this movie, I’d say go for it. You just might not want to see it again.
As a closing note, my friend gave me a good laugh after the movie, saying, “I wonder how many people went home and tried to talk to Siri after this movie.” It made me think that maybe Jonze’s far-fetched plot really isn’t that far-fetched…