I love conventional romances because I am an eternal lover of beautiful dramas about love and longing. But there's a certain fatigue which I feel throughout if the love story is not told with a touch of delicate nuance- that's just why a beautifully romantic film like Imtiaz Ali's "Rockstar" cannot win when we compare it to his another film, the 2015 drama "Tamasha" (which in my opinion is his best work). The secret for finest romances lie in soothing background music, nice performances, warming chemistry and a heartfelt connection with the audience. Spike Jonze's "Her" doesn't just compellingly tick all the boxes, but it also deliciously entertains us, and just catches you by the collar and drives you into it's seductive charm.
The film calculatingly benefits from the bounteous technical brilliance, opulent visual artwork and the effective next-generation relationship details. The film also has a terrific, proficiently written screenplay by Spike: I love the fact that he has written the film's script all alone, for her delivers some punchy freshness. I was especially drawn by the sexy hot sequences: but not because they were unapologetically pornographic, but because they work as yet another solid expressions of love, and some moments have been delivered with terrific humor. The wonderful cameos are lovely: Rooney Mara's Catherine does not have one false note, and there needs to be a special word for Spike's Alien Child. The directorial details are real best: the wonderful scene where Chris Pratt and his girlfriend go on an outing with Theodore and his Operating System girlfriend Samantha wonderfully observes the two as soulmates, and if not, soulful couples. The youthfully well-written letters recited by Joaquin's excellently performed Theodore are exceptionally filmed. Scarlett Johansson is my crush now as she lends a distinctive voice into Twombley's girl.
One bit that didn't work so well was the subplot of Theodore being set up on a date and ending up talking stupid. Except that, there are subtle readings to the narrative that follows: take the moving scene where Samantha employs a living and talking human being, a woman, to be there medium for love and sex: is it the sound of the resonant future? Or the beautifully undone sequence of the messy climax, where all the operating systems shall be gone: that scene takes place in total chaos, and made me wonder: do the makers want to talk about Armageddon? The subtext here is consistently terrific, and the screenplay is the clear winner, because the finest writing makes you think, and this is a really beautiful narration, playing out like a sci-fi epic. I suggest that you watch Joaquin Phoenix's "Her". It's a disarming film that deserves every bit of what it shall earn in the award season. Don't miss it.
The concept is superb. Technological power gaming with the protagonist. Complex for the masala lovers. But yeah, it is emotionally boring. Slow progress of action. Still the acting performence holds it. Glld to watch.