The most intimate, emotionally articulated relationship movie I've ever seen.
This was the one movie I wanted to see so badly. I'm so glad it didn't disappoint. Jonze's story was so fresh, modern and yet futuristic without being too cheesy. Amazing cinematography with tight close in shots to create the entire intensely personal and intimate tone of the film. Loved that he shot so much of it in Downtown LA. He made it look so clean and futuristic. Downtown LA has come a long way and it's going to further improve in the next few years. The cinematography style was poetic and lyrical as in always seemed to bathe LA (and Shanghai) in warm romantic sepia hues. I think it lulled us as the viewers into this futuristic world of dating, interpersonal relationships with others and our devices (as you know, my iphone is never far from me if not already attached in my hand) as something very plausible, else the plot just wouldn't have worked, nothwithstanding his screenplay, dialogue, and of course, the actors. But his DP really deserves a lot of the credit for sure.
My only critique of the Her are: 1) Didn't like that sudden shot of the tea pot coming to boil. C'mon! That was so condescending to his viewers when thus far we've been invisible voyeur like "surrogates" experiencing Theodore & Samantha's relationship. He should have continued to trust his actors. Joaquin was superb in shifting from honeymoon stage to sudden insecurity with his body language and ScarJo with her voice acting. This was a rare American movie that really made you listen to the dialogue, to every gasp, intonation, pregnant pause, and tone of breath at the end of a sentence. It forced the audience to be incredibly perceptive for a most intimate movie viewing experience.
2) what was UP with those high rise pants he and Amy's husband constantly wore? it must be some new hipster style I'm not familiar with. Lol. But the way the dressed, acted, etc reminded me very much of Angelenos living in the Silverlake area.
Started off really good, then about 60% in, they forgot to continue playing the 70's soundtrack and the plot and especially pace loses it's bow chicka bow bow. The end, the hustle, was thankfully incredibly satisfying. But I think the problem here is the part between 61%-80% should have been edited tighter. The plot fell apart with the personal individual dramas which actually brilliantly dulled the viewer's faith in our con artists. Unfortunately, that lull deadened my interest in the plot line.
As for performances, lots of A list actors. Bale continues to impress with his chameleon like prowess with his complete "from the feet up" ownership of the weighty Irwin, Bradley Cooper gave a pretty intense turn which proves he's more than just a curly haired pretty party boy Hangover type, and Amy is incandescent with her sensual vulnerable street smarts minx. This is the first time I've seen Jennifer Lawrence. The girl's got some chops and screen charisma that's for sure! However, and this is just my personal issue, her extremely youthful baby face appearance really aged Amy Adams when they are on screen together. When Irwin was romancing Amy, Amy was the fresh faced ingenue.
Overall, the "unfettered excess" was undermined by it's own length.