Today I finally saw the sci-fi movie everybody has been gushing over. Today I watched Spike Jonze’s Her. I won’t spoil anything in this post so read on with no fear.
I can see why people love Her. The performances, especially Joaquin Phoenix, are all top-notch. Scarlett Johansson manages to breathe life into a character that is only ever heard, not seen. The soundtrack is incredible and the shots are beautiful. Everything was set to make this a great movie for me.
I left the theater feeling unsatisfied.
The pieces were in place. The movie just didn’t bring them together for me in a satisfying way. I felt like the movie dragged on too long without presenting its themes in new ways. To me it was a movie that repainted old themes with a new glossy coat of paint. It was pretty to look at, but it didn’t set my world on fire.
Now, I know and openly acknowledge that I’m in the minority here. A quick search of internet review sites and forums show that the world loves Her. And I’m glad for everyone who loves it. It seems rare that a science fiction movie affects the general population so strongly on an emotional level.
Other than that movie, I’ve been reading The Calypsis Project by indie author Brittany M. Willows. It’s a fun read so far, I’ll have a review posted on Amazon and Goodreads once I’m finished. I’ll link to it in my next blog.
Also, unrelated to sci-fi, everybody should watch Bo Burnham’s new special What. It’s free on Youtube and it’s available on Netflix. It’s beyond brilliant. I have so much respect for him after seeing that show.
Anyway, if you want to tell me I’m wrong about Her or anything else, feel free to message me or tweet at me @left4turtle. Cheers.