today and ended up liking it. More about that later. To put it gently, I am not Joaquin Phoenix's most ardent fan. The guy is so quintessentially weird that even his massive talent as an actor is not enough to prevent me from feeling a bit unsettled whenever he is on the screen, which was all the time in Her
. At the end of the day, though, I thought I understood Spike Jonze's decision to cast Phoenix and agreed with it. Phoenix, it turns out, is perfect as Theodore Twombly. Twombly is a guy who falls in love with an operating system, which is pretty weird in itself. Nevertheless Jonze made it work and gave us a film that was warm and kind of uplifting in Jonze's one card short of a full deck way. In Twombly's defense, I might have fallen in love with his OS too if she had talked like the sultry-voiced Scarlett Johansson. Her
is Jonze's meditation on the lack of human interaction that our modern cyber age seems to encourage but does it in a way that is smart and effective. Highly recommended, even if Joaquin Phoenix makes you as uncomfortable as he does me. Highly recommended, 9 Stars out of 10.
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