Reviews Her As the movie continues and the viewer learns more
Spike Jonze’s “Her” plays like a kind of miracle the first time around.
Watching its opening shots of Joaquin Phoenix making an unabashed
declaration of eternal love to an unseen soul mate is immediately disarming.
The actor is so unaffected, so sincere, so drained of the tortured eccentricity that’s a hallmark of most of the roles that he plays.
It’s like falling into a plush comforting embrace. Then one understands that the declaration isn’t his, but something he,
or rather, his character, Theodore, does for his job.
As the movie continues , and the viewer learns more of what an ordinary guy Theodore is—he checks his e-mail on the ride home from work,
just like pretty much all of us these days—director Jonze, who also wrote the movie’s script,
constructs a beguiling cinematic world that also starts to embrace the viewer.
The way Theodore’s smart phone and its earpiece work is different from ours,
and soon it becomes clear that “Her” is something of a science-fiction film, set in the not-too-distant but distinctly fantastic future.
A big part of the movie’s charm is just how thoroughly Jonze has imagined and constructed this future Los Angeles,
from its smoggy skies to its glittering skyscrapers to its efficient mass transit system and much more. (There has already been,
and there will no doubt be more, think pieces about how Caucasian this future L.A. is. อ่านต่อ