Thursday, January 23, 2014

Her (2013)

Director: Spike Jonze
Writer:    Spike Jonze
Cast:       Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams

A lonely writer who is on the brink of a divorce falls in love with his artificially intelligent operating system which is capable of evolving to a higher intelligence level.

The operating system is capable of addressing his needs and works on voice commands like Siri. Scarlett Johansson provides the voice for it and it is basically Siri+Chat Partner+Phone Sex partner for Theodore played by Joaquin Phoenix. For him the relationship follows the same pattern as his experience with his ex-wife. As Samantha (OS) evolves and becomes more intelligent, both of them find it hard to cope with the change. The film ends quite predictably with him finding solace in the company of Amy (Amy Adams) who is also in a similar predicament.

Spike Jonze is in familiar territory making a film based on a wacky idea (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation). His earlier collaborations with Charlie Kaufman  are known for their wackiness and also for them petering it out towards the end of the film (That was an in-joke in Adaptation). In 'Her' he manages to sustain our interest quite till the end. The sets are beautiful with its orange colored theme and the cast do a great job. Amy Adams have been in some very good roles recently (The Master, American Hustle).

Rating: 4/5