2013. USA. Spike Jonze. 120 min.
Sunday, December 8, 2013, 5:30 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
2013. USA. Directed by Spike Jonze. Simultaneously cooly digital and richly analog in both theme and visualization, Her is a sublime rumination on a nearly-here future. It is also quite possibly the most romantic film of the year. Joaquin Phoenix reinvents himself once again as a lonely writer, an everyman who falls in love with his new operating system (voiced with seductive grace by Scarlett Johansson). Jonze resists sensationalizing their initial "meeting" and subsequent flirtations, courtship, and full-fledged relationship; they are as natural a couple as any of their corporeally normative counterparts, and for a time, they make each other very happy. Her is a sweet, sad lesson in love for the social-media century. Courtesy of Warner Bros. 120 min.