Synopsis: Lonely, recently-seperated and introverted guy gets even more awkwardly sociopathic when he literally falls in love with his latest computer’s OS.
What Works: Spike Jonze’s quirky, post-modern screenplay is up there with his other works like Being John Malkovich and Adaptation. Its weird and sweet and funny as well as awkward all at the same time. Phoenix reminds us that he’s a great actor by literally talking to his phone’s OS most of the film.
Overall: Before this film, Spike Jonze was 2 for 3 in my opinion. I really appreciate and hold both Being John Malkovich and Adaptation in high regard. Yet I couldn’t even finish Where The Wild Things Are. I think I bailed after 25 minutes! But he still has a ton of great potential ahead of him and I enjoy is quirky and off-the-wall style. Her was in the same vein in terms of unconventional but it was more deeply-rooted in a dramatic fashion, more so than his previous films. He attempted and I would say mostly succeeded in telling an entertaining and heart-felt story about a lonely, awkward man going through an odd relationship with his OS. The story goes to more emotional and sadder places that other films may have taken a more cynical or crazier approach to. There’s a happy ending of sorts, maybe even a parable to some looking deeper into the story and that’s a good thing. I would recommend this film for most people and highly recommend it to technophiles and fans of eccentric dramatic-comedies.
Score: 7 Awkward OS-centric Sex Scenes (out of 10)