Her (2013) Review

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Her (2013)

Directed by Spike Jonze

Starring:
Joaquin Phoenix
Amy Adams
Rooney Mara
Olivia Wilde
Scarlett Johansson

Music by Arcade Fire

Running time: 126 minutes

Plot Synopsis: (via Wikipedia)
Her is a 2013 American science fiction romantic drama film written, directed, and produced by Spike Jonze. The film centers on a man who develops a relationship with an intelligent computer operating system (OS) with a female voice and personality.

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My Opinion:

Finally! Finally this came out in the UK! Then I just barely managed to see it as it played for one week then pretty much disappeared from all local cinemas. So annoying! Anyway – I was really looking forward to this and went to it with pretty high expectations, which isn’t always a good thing. Well, it was actually even better than I’d been expecting.

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I’m writing this as I watch Captain Phillips as I’m so behind on this blog and on watching all these nominated movies before the Oscars. I’m distracted so I’ll keep this short. I wondered before watching this what sort of direction they could possibly take with what seems like a pretty simple (if unusual) concept. I was pleasantly surprised at some of the things they did with this story. I (like all of us) watch lots of movies so most are totally predictable but this one did leave me guessing and did surprise me a couple of times, which was great.

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As for the “relationship”, I didn’t know beforehand if I’d be able to buy into it. But I did. It’s very well written (as I expected from Spike Jonze) and, thanks to great performances from Joaquin Phoenix & Scarlett Johansson, I totally did believe they were in love. Funny thing is that I normally find Johansson’s voice really annoying yet in this I thought it was perfect. Actually, I think this was probably the best performance we’ve ever had out of her. I’ve also never exactly been a fan of Joaquin Phoenix but he’s great in this! It’s a shame he’s not up for an Oscar. I’m glad the film & screenplay are up for Oscars as I think they’re certainly deserving of the nominations although I know wins are very unlikely. I’d love to see this win for screenplay at the very least as it’s very clever & I wish films like this got made more often. And, again – this is another best picture nominee that’s better than American Hustle! All that I’ve seen so far have been.

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The film looks beautiful, everyone gives a very good performance (especially the two leads), it’s dramatic yet has really funny moments (Alien child cracked me up!), it’s clever and very well written, and it does a good job exploring all the different kinds of love and how wonderful and painful it can be. I loved little things like the safety pin. But god those pirates are being REALLY mean to sweet Tom Hanks! Okay – I’m too distracted. I’ll just finish this review by saying: I loved Her and I wish there were more films like it.

My Rating: 8.5/10

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**I’ve finished Captain Phillips before this is scheduled to post so I’m going to rank the only best picture nominees I’ve seen. Because I’m anal like that! Starting with my favorite:

1. The Wolf Of Wall Street
2. Her
3. Gravity
4. Dallas Buyers Club
5. American Hustle
6. Captain Phillips

(2 & 3 are close – I may change my mind. I do that a lot.) πŸ™‚

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44 thoughts on “Her (2013) Review

    • Glad to hear you loved it too! : ) It’s unlikely to move from the number two spot. When I choose favorites & all that, it’s a combination of how good a film was but mainly how much I liked it. Her is the best film. It’s brilliant. It’s a better film than The Wolf Of Wall Street for sure. I just really really enjoyed Wolf A LOT. Anyway – that’s my crazy logic. Lol ; )

  1. “I’ll just finish this review by saying: I loved Her and I wish there were more films like it.”

    Amen.

    And “But god those pirates are being REALLY mean to sweet Tom Hanks!” Yes they were. πŸ™‚

    • I know! I wasn’t really expecting to buy into the relationship. Think I’d have fallen in love with her too! ; ) It was her a^*l elbow sex drawing that did it. Funny! (Yeah – I had to censor that to avoid pervy Googlers…) ; )

  2. i still haven’t seen this as i live in the boonies. I’ll be curious to read your thoughts on “Captain Phillips”. I enjoyed it and thought Hanks was very good, as was the bloke who played the pirate (sorry, I can’t think if his name). Hanks was especially good in the last five minutes (no spoilers). After I saw it, though, I read an interesting article that says the film is basically bullshit: the real Captain Phillips is pretty much despised by his crew because he ignored warnings of pirates in the area and recklessly took the ship into dangerous waters. They don’t regard him as a hero at all but they can’t talk about it because they all signed non-disclosure agreements when they sold their story to the filmmakers. So “Captain Phillips” seems to be another ‘based on true events’ film that takes massive liberties with the truth. I still enjoyed it and I’d watch it again. It was tense, well-acted, well-directed (Greengrass must have finally put the plug in the jug because he seems to have gotten over the shakes).

  3. Swap Dallas Buyers Club and American Hustle and we are in total agreement ;). Excellent post! Love this film, it’s unlike any other. Too bad it looks like it’ll get snubbed at this year’s Oscar’s, except for original screenplay of course :).

    • Thanks. : ) I know – I really enjoyed being able to watch something like this. Barely, since it disappeared from local cinemas so soon. I hate that! Why do the bad films run forever and it’s sometimes impossible to get the chance to see stuff like this?? :-/

  4. I saw a photo summary of this movie that was a screen shot of Kip from Napoleon dynamite typing at a computer – the text ‘her’ on top. Your review sounds more favorable!

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  6. “Finally! Finally this came out in the UK! Then I just barely managed to see it as it played for one week then pretty much disappeared from all local cinemas. So annoying!”

    Same! I live in England and it was so so annoying having to wait. However, just like you, it was definitely worth the wait! I loved it so much, I really hope it wins the original screenplay oscar.
    Lovely review.

    • Thanks. : ) Glad I’m not alone – there seems to be a lot of love for this one! Yet I was forced to watch it in a tiny little cinema with six other people because, apparently, no one wants to go to a film that’s not a mainstream blockbuster?? I think the screenplay Oscar is very likely for this one. I’ll be really upset if it doesn’t at least get that! : )

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