Thursday, January 16, 2014
1954 - Her
There's a moment in the middle of the film where Phoenix's character says that he thinks he's already felt everything he's ever going to feel - and it hit me like a ton of bricks and made me wonder if I'd experienced that as well. It's a scary thing to think that you're cut off from feeling anything new. This film is full of thoughtful commentaries on life like that - as well as "The past is a story we tell ourselves." I'm a sucker for that kind of shit.
What Jonze does really well here is milk the concept about as much as it can be - which he does equally in other high-concept films he's done. If I have a complaint about this film is I did feel that it went on a bit longer than needed - I went from being lost inside of this beautiful world and story and then suddenly was aware that it didn't feel like it was building to something. That aside, I still loved this story. It's without a doubt my favorite Phoenix performance. Voice wise Scarlet Johanson is a perfect choice - she's playful and sexy and has all the other human qualities we need for the role as well. I guess I wondered if it wouldn't have been different though with the voice of an unknown actor, where I wasn't able to picture their face the way I was here. I guess I'll never know.
I was excited to see this nominated for Best Picture, it deserves that kind of attention. It's still in cinemas - so please - if you like good solid love stories this is one that you need to see.