Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Director: Spike Jonze
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson
Review: Though director Spike Jonze collaborated with Charlie Kaufman on Being John Malkovich and Adaptation, the latter didnt have a hand in Jonzes assured, moving fourth feature, but his spiritfiendishly inventive, casually postmodern, self-lacerating, fearless, funny, and ultimately deeply sadpervades the film. With Her, Jonze beautifully realizes a future Los Angeles where a lovesick man (Joaquin Phoenix) in the midst of a devastating divorce is so desperate for intimacy that he falls hopelessly in love with an artificially intelligent operating system, voiced by Scarlett Johansson. Jonzes screenplay acknowledges the innate absurdity of the films premise while spinning it into an elegant, heartbreaking depiction of human loneliness and the innate need for connection. For the setting, Jonze plugged into the current eras technological mania to say something timeless and profound about love, loss, and evolving desire.