Her: Film Review

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This had the strangest concept and I wasn’t sure if it should be taken seriously but considering the Best Picture Oscar nomination, I figured it would be a damn good film and it is. I loved it.

Joaquin Phoenix stars as Theodore, a man who is prolonging signing his divorce papers from Catherine (Rooney Mara). He lives a lonely existence until he installs a new operating system which has ‘artificial intelligence’ and is constantly evolving like a human. He begins to shun real-world interactions in favour of ‘Samantha’ (Scarlett Johansson), who he constantly talks to about his day, rather than simply giving her instructions. They soon form a bond and she becomes jealous when he goes on dates and sees his soon-to-be ex-wife. Their relationship solidifies when they have ‘sex’ until Samantha evolves so much she starts to get paranoid and they have real-life arguments. Things don’t end well…that’s all I will say.

Although this is a satire of what life would be like if we aren’t careful, I can totally believe it. The advances in technology are insane these days. It is crazy seeing people passing real people without interacting because they are too busy talking to their OS. It could absolutely happen.

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It is cringe-worthy at times, especially when they have virtual sex and Samantha wants to use a body surrogate, which is just a terrible idea. You feel sorry for Theodore and wish he would just get a traditional relationship. It is even weirder when he tells people and they accept it – he even goes for picnic with friends and ‘Samantha’, who they talk to like she is there! So, so weird.

However, I got invested in their relationship even though it didn’t make sense or seem practical. Samantha just made him so happy and feel good about himself so I was dreading the end. You know that sort of relationship isn’t sustainable. I actually cried at the end. I can’t believe how involved I got. I thought I would watch this at a distance and scoff at such a ludicrous idea.

It is done so well. The dialogue is fully believable and their relationship seems real even though she isn’t there. It can make you happy when Theodoere is smiling and dancing and sad when they fight. The support cast is brilliant too – it includes Amy Adams, Olivia Wilde, Chris Pratt and the voice of Kristen Wiig.

This is a romance drama like any other in terms of how it makes you feel – regardless of how strange the idea is. It will touch you. Seeing Phoenix smile, dance and run around having fun makes it all worth it as well. Highly recommended.

Top Films For February

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Dallas Buyers Club

Judging by the Golden Globe awards the lead actors got for this, I expect it to be amazing. Matthew McConaughey portrays the real-life Ron Woodroof, who is diagnosed with HIV at a time when the medication available in the US is not effective. He smuggles non-FDA approved drugs into the US and sets up a members club for other AIDS sufferers.

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Cuban Fury

I’m sort of scrapping the barrel here but I’m really not bothered about most of the movies out this month. As the ones on offer go, I think this will be pretty funny because I love Nick Frost but would never have placed him in a salsa dancing competition movie. I imagine it will follow the same formula as other dance flicks but the British humour will make it enjoyable nonetheless. It also stars Olivia Colman, Rashida Jones and Chris O’Dowd.

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Her

This looks so different and interesting. Joaquin Phoenix stars as a man who falls in love with his interactive operating system, named Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johansson). Also starring Amy Adams, Olivia Wilde and Rooney Mara.

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Non-Stop

This is another Liam Neeson action vehicle, this time aboard a plane. He plays an air marshal who ends up in a sticky situation when he gets blackmailed – if doesn’t get the feds to transfer a ton of money, a person will be killed every 20 minutes. There are a few twists and turns and it is a major whodunnit- which I love! Also starring Julianne Moore and Lupita Nyong’o.

There are many other movies out this month but they don’t grab me at all: Here’s a list of the big ones- Robocop, The Lego Movie,  The Invisible Woman, Mr Peabody & Sherman, Endless Love, The Monument’s Men, A Winter’s Tale,  The Book Thief and Ride Along.