Generally, films with the capability of dragging out my whiny emo side, I steer completely clear of. I don’t have the world’s most level head in the first place, there’s no need to go poking around inside there with emotionally provocative thoughts and ideas. I had heard so many good things about Spike Jonez’s Her, though, that I couldn’t resist the temptation. So many people that I respect more than most, have told me that not only was this a great movie, but for some, their favorite film of 2013. There is no way that I can ignore such a recommendation. So, when I saw that WB was willing to send a Blu-ray copy my way, in exchange for a few words about the experience, I jumped at the opportunity. I have to say, I was expecting it to be good, but I was not expecting it to connect with me on such a personal level. I have some anger over things that have happened in the past, all of us do, but somehow, inadvertently, of course, this film was able to help me in identifying something that happened to me in recent history, as a major contributing factor to my current mental struggles. It has been a long time since a movie made me feel this way. Actually, the last time I experienced such a thing was with Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind back in 2004.
Set in Los Angeles, in the near future, Her follows Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people. Heartbroken after the end of a long relationship, he becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system, which promises to be an intuitive and unique entity in its own right. Upon initiating it, he is delighted to meet “Samantha,” a bright, female voice (Scarlett Johansson) who is insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny. As her needs and desires grow, in tandem with his own, their friendship deepens into an eventual love for each other. From the singular perspective of filmmaker Spike Jonze, Her, which won the 2014 Oscar® for Best Original Screenplay, is an original love story that explores the evolving nature—and the risks—of intimacy in the modern world.
I can see now, why some of my friends considered this to be the best film of 2013. Had I seen it during the year, it most definitely would have been squeezed into my top 20. Her also fully deserved the Oscar it won for best original screenplay. Spike Jonez really created a remarkable piece of work, here. It managed at times to make me laugh out loud, and more times than that it had me in tears. This was such a great movie that I don’t mind admitting to becoming an emotional wreck by the end of the film. Not only does the story itself give you plenty of reasons to get misty-eyed, but so many of you will relate to the characters, and their struggle with emotions and intimacy, that you’ll be sobbing over all of the romantic mistakes you’ve made in your own life, as well. I mentioned Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind in my intro, and I only compare the two movies because in recent memories, those are the only to movies that elicited such a reaction from me. As long as you realize that you will not retain your “tough” persona, I would highly recommend Her to almost anyone. If you struggle with sadness and clinical depression yourself, though, I recommend it to you especially. It’s healthy to exercise those thoughts that we fight so hard to contain. Own “Her” on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD Download 5/13. You may purchase your copy here.