Flash Movie Review: Her

There are some people who fall in love at first sight. I know it has happened but I have never experienced it. Now sure there can be an immediate attraction, but what is it based on? For some folks it could be the person’s looks, style of dress, humor or manners. Though each of those attributes have their place in one’s love scorecard, I have had different experiences. A good portion of relationships I have encountered started out where I had no feelings for them. They may have not been attractive according to some people’s way of thinking or at first glance, we had very little in common. However, as we continue to communicate with each other a transformation takes place. Their features soften in my eyes while their voice begins to feel like a warm current of water that continuously washes over me. I cannot explain it nor does it make sense to me most of the time, but a connection forms that is like a high voltage cable that jump starts my heart. Each of their spoken words ignite an array of colorful sparklers in my mind that blaze across the landscape of my soul. I refer to this as being in a cerebral state, but others call it an emotional relationship. Having this ability allowed me to have a couple of long distance relationships in the past. It also made me fall in love with this romantic Golden Globe nominated movie. Writer and director Spike Jonze (Adaptation, Where the Wild Things Are) created a story in the not so distant future about letter writer Theodore, played brilliantly by Joaquin Phoenix (Walk the Line, The Master). With the purchase of a revolutionary operating system, Theodore began discovering a different world with the help of the operations assistant Samantha, voiced by Scarlett Johansson (Don Jon, The Prestige). With most of the screen time devoted to Theodore and Samantha, they created a world of amusements and touching moments. Joaquin was utterly amazing playing a character filled with total emotional depth, some of it even light and funny. With only using her voice Scarlett created such a vivid character that I was immediately drawn in to her, believing she was a living breathing human. Even Amy Adams (Man of Steel, Enchanted) as Theodore’s neighbor Amy was lovely in a stripped down sensitive way. I thought this was Spike’s best movie; his directing of the cast, the gorgeous cinematography and even the perfectly placed music from Arcade Fire created an amazing film viewing experience. Like a long distance relationship this movie continued to resonate with me long after I saw it in the theater.


3 3/4 stars


About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on January 1, 2014, in Dramedy and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. Most likely, 2013’s best film. ML

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  3. This movie sounds amazing. I can’t wait to watch it! 🙂

    • Shanna, It really was a fascinating lovely film. I would enjoy hearing your take on it after you see it. Thank you for coming by to leave your comment. Be well.

      • Thank you. I hope it comes to DVD or on-demand soon! Otherwise, I may have to get a babysitter and go to the theatre. I am really enjoying your blog! Do you have a post for the best new movies on DVD at the moment?

        Also, I watched a great movie – Fill the Void – yesterday. You may want to give it a try. Thanks for the great blog!

      • In my opinion it would be worth getting a babysitter and going to the theater. I enjoyed sitting with a group of people around me who were all getting into the story. In regards to the best new DVD list I do not have one since most of the new ones I already reviewed from seeing them at the theater. However, I do sprinkle DVD reviews in the mix here when I can.

        I enjoed Fill the Void; it was reviewed on June 21st. Thank you so much for coming by to leave your comments and your kind words. Happy New Year to you Shanna.

      • Thank you for the feedback. I do like an excuse to go out with the husband to the movies. We are having friends in town this weekend, so it’s the perfect time. What is better than a great movie? Not much. Other than beer and a movie, which we we partook in at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin when I was a student! 🙂 Best – Shanna

      • Ah those student years… Thanks for leaving your comments and if you do go to the movies, I would certainly like to hear what you saw and what you thought of it.

    • I would love to hear what you think of it after seeing this film. Thanks for the comment.

  4. Theatre of Pain

    Hey MJ,
    Up until reading your review of “Her”, I felt this movie was built around a ridiculous concept that focused on an antisocial misfit and believed it be an easy pass. After reading your review however, I’m willing to give the movie a shot. Have you by chance seen “Lars and the Real Girl” starring Ryan Gosling? If so, I would like to hear your thoughts on the film and how it compares to “Her”.

    • I loved Lars and the Real Girl. You make a very compelling comparison. Consider this like the next step. If you do go and see this film, I would really enjoy hearing what you thought of it.

      • Theatre of Pain

        As with most movies, I waited for this one to land on blu-ray and I just watched it tonight. I expected it to be good after reading your review the first time but it exceeded my expectations. I found the movie to be emotional, sad, funny and touching thoroughly enjoying myself as I watched the story unfold. I laughed out loud several times and found the video game of all things to be one of the funniest parts because it combined the two extremes that many video game developers are moving towards today and that is one side going for the cutest, most adorable character they can think of and the other going for the extreme shock value using the most offensive language imaginable and super-hyper graphics. It was just very funny to see the two extremes put together in such a way. I also felt a distinct sadness in that I saw much of our current society in the film and the direction in which it is headed where we can constantly surround ourselves with other people but still feel a certain disconnect whether it is intentional or not. I worry that in our efforts to use social websites as the only communication we have with those that are supposed to be friends that we are in fact becoming more antisocial and even worse, comfortable with it. it makes me wonder if we will one day have the technology found in Her and how accepting our society will be of it. Looking back to our views of the world and relationships in particular, in the 50’s, 70’s, 80’s and today I realize how much the line has moved from taboo to complete acceptance in only a few short decades, it leaves me wondering where we will be in another 20 to 30 years and exactly who or what we will be bringing into the relationships we have..

        Now you know I can watch a screen filled with blood or a pornographic scene and not bat an eye but the scene in the movie where the screen went dark made me squirm a bit as I grew uncomfortable with what I was hearing. I can only imagine the hushed silence that must have come over the theater audience while it was being played. It was a very strange sensation but also served as a testiment to how invested I was in the film.

        And I’m not sure if you caught it or not but there was an overhead shot of the city that made me immediately think of a computer’s circuit board. I wonder if that was intented to serve as a message of humanity’s growing bond with technology or if it was just an image that the director liked and wanted to use. Beautiful shot regardless.

      • I am so glad you were as moved by this film as I was when I saw it. Thanks for the image from the overhead shot of the city, when I see this film again I will pay attention. And you have to love how Scarlett came in afterwards to redo the voice of the operating system; she was amazing. This screenplay was so worthy of getting the Oscar award. Thanks for your insights into this film.

      • Theatre of Pain

        Yes, Scarlet definitely brought a sense of warmth and genuine believablility to the role. It also doesn’t hurt that she is one the top 5 most beautiful women in Hollywood for me and I could listen to her talk about something as mundane as a pair of socks and be captivated by her distinctively feminine voice with just a hint of that raspy breath about it that I find so sexy.

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