Her: A clever, near-future look at today's technology

Gary Wolcott, atomictown.comJanuary 10, 2014 

Spike Jonze is one of the most creative movie makers of the past decade. You know him best from directing Being John Malkovich. Ripping a page out of today's evolving technology, Jonze's latest is Her, a ditty he wrote and directed about a lonely man who falls in love with his computer's very personal operating system.

Joaquin Phoenix is Theodore. He purchases a new operating system that becomes his lover and friend. She's Samantha and is wonderfully voiced by Scarlett Johansson. At this point, it must be noted that the chemistry between the two stars is incredible, and their work together is not just good, it's unique. Others of note in the cast are Amy Adams as Theodore's neighbor and Rooney Mara as his soon-to-be ex-wife.

We are increasingly tied to and dependent upon technology. The lines are beginning to blur as computer technology becomes more intelligent and intuitive. Jonze peeks into the near future when we -- no doubt -- will be able to interact with artificial intelligence much like Theodore does here.

That makes Jonze's concept brilliant, but it's a one-note idea. Though it's wonderfully filmed with futuristic-looking sets and incredible acting, after 90 minutes of the 126-minute movie, you'll start to yawn. The plot just has nowhere to go.

Director: Spike Jonze

Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Kristin Wiig, Bill Hader, Chris Pratt

Mr. Movie rating: 3 stars

Rated R for mature themes and language. It's playing at the Carmike 12, the Fairchild Cinemas 12 and at Walla Walla Grand Cinemas.

5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen

4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.

3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on DVD.

2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.

0 stars: Speaks for itself.

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