Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams, Chris Pratt! Olivia Wilde, Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig
Directed by: Spike Jonze
Synopsis: A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly purchased operating system that’s designed to meet his every need.
A film I’ve been looking forward to for a while now, largely due to Spike Jonze, and the word on the street has been good. I wasn’t disappointed. Her was by turns poignant, heartbreaking, weird, funny and ultimately strangely real. Who would have thought a film about a guy who falls in love with a computer or an operating system would explain the complexities of a relationship from start to finish, so well, and so eloquently.
Joaquin Phoenix plays the sad and lonely, but romantic at heart writer, Theodore. He purchases an operating system called Samantha, played by Scarlett Johansson (whom we never actually see). This isn’t any old computer program, and he starts to build a bond with her. Sure he is going through a divorce with Rooney Mara, and goes on a date with Olivia Wilde, but who would want either of those when you could have a computer?! I mean, if Championship Manager could talk, I would never have got married!
But the course of true love never runs smooth as we all know, and before long this seemingly perfect union between man and machine gets complicated. It is great credit to Spike Jonze and all the actors involved how they get you believing in the situation and caring for the characters. Sure, it’s a love story about a guy and his computer, but a love story is still a love story, and this one, from start to finish is a cracker, I guess it put me in mind of another favourite of mine, Lars and the Real Girl. Both films have a bizarre love interest and both films have a real heart to them as well.