A very intricate and well-mapped out story from Writer-Director Spike Jonze delivers a story of love for eye-opening realism. Set in futuristic Los Angeles with elements of current Los Angeles, “Her” is much more than a story about a man and the infatuation for his computer. It is truly the unfolding of a love story with complications and a pulse. Also, quite provocative.
Essentially, Joaquin Phoenix (Theodore Twombly) is carrying the film by himself and he is sensational. He brings the essence of the highs and lows of life with the ability to change the mood within a second. Theodore, for his profession, writes the most thoughtful letters but is not able to express his feelings, making for a great contrast to his character and for the story. Scarlett Johansson in her whisper tough voice is sweet, gentle, dramatic and sensual for a career defining and unique performance as Samantha, the OS system. Rooney Mara is great in her supporting role as Catherine, Theodore’s long-suffering soon to be ex-wife. Chris Pratt is sarcastic and lovable as the receptionist where Theodore works. Amy Adams lets her hair down as Amy, Theodore’s bohemian friend from college, in a perfect supporting performance. She is such a stunning actress.
If there is nothing else you take away from the film, remember this: You eat your fruit and juice your vegetables.