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Her - 2013 film review

Updated on January 6, 2015

Scene from Joaquin Phoenix in 'Her' by Director, Spike Jonze

Scene from Joaquin Phoenix in 'Her' by Director, Spike Jonze
Scene from Joaquin Phoenix in 'Her' by Director, Spike Jonze | Source

The Review

A film that made me realise why I love and appreciate films so much. I enjoyed 'Her' in it's entirety, from cinematography, script, direction to the outstanding acting.

A love interest between man and an operating system... yes, although it sounds unrealistic and unimaginable, Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) and Samantha (Scarlett Johansson) executed it beautifully. By far Joaquin's best performance to date, followed by 'The Master'. I didn't want the film to end, the dialogue stimulated my mind, the cinematographer kept me in awe and the acting enticed me. It didn't let me down at all, it was complete with all elements, witty humour, thought provoking, emotional not to mention beautiful.

The Story - may contain spoilers

A love of two types - Theodore's slow experience of heart break from his ex-wife, transitioning to a new love for his operating system, so far fetched, yet a performance so realistic. In the beginning we're shown snippets of the past between Theodore and Catherine's (Rooney Mara) relationship/marriage, which has ended. After purchasing the operating system 'with a conscience', there are signs of struggle by Theodore when he attempts to move on by dating (Olivia Wilde). He confesses to his blind date that he isn't ready to move on and have a relationship, but through time without realising it - he already developed feelings for his OS. Theodore refuses to admit his feelings, until he recognises that others, like himself have started to adapt relationships with their OS's. It's a surreal concept, but props to Spike Jonze for making it come to life.

The beauty of Theodore's and Samantha's relationship lies in Theodore learning more about himself and those around him by Samantha's simple and yet effective questions about love and life. The pain, betrayal and remorse Theodore experiences towards the end when losing Samantha was so realistic even I felt it.

Hats off to Spike Jonze for making his audience believe falling in love with an operating system isn't impossible.

Her - 2013
Her - 2013 | Source


I highly recommend this film, I'm sure you won't be disappointed and if you are, I would like to know why. It would be interesting to see another perspective. Otherwise please go and watch it! It's a short review for an amazing movie, but if I indulge any more I will most probably fall in love and I doubt my partner would appreciate that very much :)

I rate it 8.5/10

Her - Behind The Scenes


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      Andrew Spacey 3 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

      Cool review, thank you. I also have a review of this movie and I tell you it's fascinating to compare the two. A wonderful performance by Mr Phoenix which made me wince, scream, shout, laugh, throw things in the air and turn off all machines when the movie had finished!