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Her [Blu-ray + Digital Copy] (Bilingual)
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Unfortunately, Theodore's own relationship is failing and he is soon to be divorced from his wife, Catherine (Rooney Mara). When he buys a new computer operating system, his life changes dramatically. The program adapts to his personality and needs, and evolves at a tremendous rate. This screen persona names 'herself' Samantha, and is voiced by Scarlett Johansson.
To his surprise and delight, Theodore finds that he is able to connect with Samantha in ways that he never could with a physical person. Communication is everything in his relationship, and he finds it easy to express his deepest thoughts and feelings to Samantha. At the outset, it's probably a form of self-analysis, but as the relationship develops, it's clear that Samantha is real to Theodore.
I think modern technology is under the microscope in this movie, and director Spike Jonze is observing how so many people are open to sharing their feelings on the Internet. It seems that many of us are less guarded and willing to risk revealing our secrets when we don't have to do it face-to-face. That's certainly true for me. The movie also deals with the irony of Theodore's success in writing about other people's feelings while struggling to communicate in his own personal life.
Theodore's best friend, Amy (Amy Adams), is the only real person he feels comfortable talking with about the things that really matter in life.Read more ›
Even though this movie is set in a futuristic environment, it was very relatable. Joaquin Phoenix did an amazing job in portraying Theodore. He played the awkward, bashful and sensitive man very convincingly. Although you only hear Scarlette Johansson’s voice, you can still feel what she’s feeling and almost imagine her facial expressions as she speaks. I think voice acting is probably one of the hardest things to do. It is hard for an actor to communicate emotions and to get an audience to understand them without seeing a human face portraying them.
The cinematography was amazing. Everything definitely looked believable in terms of a futuristic setting. I could definitely see the world looking like that in the not-too-distant future. Although, one thing that did bother me was the way the characters were dressed. Every thing else about this movie said “future” to me except for the clothing choices. It looked very 90’s to me. The music felt right and it matched the feeling of the film.
Overall, this was definitely the most creative film I’ve watched in a long while and it definitely deserved it’s award for Best Original Screenplay. Also, I’m glad Joaquin isn’t actually crazy.
After "Being John Malkovich", "Adaptation" and "Where the Wild Things Are", the director creates his most ambitious and minimalistic work to date. Ambitious as it tells a story in the future, and minimalistic as the story is told through the eyes of a man with few communication skills except writing exceptional letters. It is hard to mix science-fiction and tell a love story at the same time, but Jonze makes it look so effortlessly.
The story centers around Theodore Twombly, a man whose life is in a perpetual in-between. Through a new operating system, his life will change in ways he never thought imaginable.
Will not spoil anything for anyone who has yet to see the film. Suffice to say that, for my tastes, this film was close to bring me to tears with its honesty, touching moments, the sincerity of its actors (namely Joaquin Phoenix, who may be playing the best role of his career so far), its society, the many layers to the script, its dialogues, characters, etc. The list goes on.
This is one edition that contains close to 1 hour of special features... now, I'm usually one to be disappointed under the two hour mark, but with such a film, I can't complain. Heck, the blu-ray would simply hold the film and I'd be happy with it.
Spike Jonze, as a director, is not someone who likes to repeat himself and his list of films proves just that. He is also not someone his audience can see coming from a mile away. He ventures into the unknown and plunges his audiences with familiar themes, touching them in the process and carving himself a place among the most important film directors of the century.
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One word to describe this movie don't watch it, it's too good.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
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