ANDREW COLLINS:FILM OF THE DAY PREMIERE Her★★★★ 9.00-11.25pm Film4
Showing as part of a Film4 season with a typically lax door policy: “Love & Sex”, Her is about a man who falls in love with a computer operating system. Writer/director Spike Jonze – who gave us Adaptation., Being John Malkovich (this evening on Gold) and some wackily original music videos – creates an absorbing fable about the parameters of love that doesn’t judge. It stars an eccentrically crumpled Joaquin Phoenix as a professional letter-writer in an antiseptic, Japanese-looking future LA and Scarlett Johansson as “Samantha”, the sentient personality of his intelligent computer device. While Phoenix avoids facing up to an actual divorce from Rooney Mara, his relationship with Samantha goes through a number of worrying stages, and an innocent love story turns into a more urbane Terminator-style warning about the rise of the machines. Her is sweet as often as it is creepily disturbing, and the score by Canadian band Arcade Fire is transcendent. Jonze rightly won the Oscar for best original screenplay. Followed by sex, lies, and videotape.
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