The movie: Her
What is it? In a futuristic Los Angeles, a lonely man (Joaquin Phoenix) forms an unexpected bond with “Samantha,” a Siri-esque operating system (voiced by Scarlett Johansson) — but the boundaries between humans and machines continually threatens the stability of their unlikely relationship.
Should you see it? Absolutely. Her is a singular movie — gorgeous, sweet, and sad. “Sometimes I think I’ve felt everything I’m ever going to feel,” worries Phoenix’s character near the beginning of the film, butHer's tragic kind of optimism argues that there are always deeper pools of emotion for us to sink into. (Ample credit also goes to the film's two leads: Phoenix, who spends long, riveting stretches of the movie alone on-screen, and Johansson, who turns “Samantha” into a three-dimensional character with the sheer power of her voice.) Jonze's strong script manages to make the bond between Phoenix's character and Samantha humane — turning a story about society's growing, machine-induced isolation into a genuine love story that feels surprisingly, universally relatable.
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