Her appeals to your head and your heart, with a character that has neither.
A withdrawn and newly single writer (Joaquin Phoenix) falls in love with his computer's highly advanced operating system (voiced by Scarlett Johansson) in a very original boy-meets-operating-system romance.
Her is more than another idiosyncratic take on the world from Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation). It has a lot of serious stuff to say about life and love. More than most flicks this year, Her gives moviegoers a lot to think about and discuss.
Just like the main characters, romance and sci-fi are infused effortlessly. It’s not just one of the best movies of the year. It’s one of the best movies of the past ten years.
Simply put: Siri, find a ticket now.
Award potential: Expect nominations for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. I’m hoping for Best Original Song. In another year, without strong performances from famous folks who really want the nomination, Joaquin Phoenix would be recognized despite his ambivalence to awards.
The ten buck review: Worth ten bucks.