Porsche's Movie Reviews Ep. 6 - "Her"

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Her

Spike Jonze, better known as the dude in drag in the Jack*ass series, and the dead grandma in Bad Grandpa, wrote and directed this Academy Award nominated (and won) film about an awkward loner who falls in love with his artificially intelligent OS during his rebound/recovery period of his semi-recent divorce. I will admit that the script is brilliantly written, sorted for a younger, hipper, crowd, much like Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Don John was, but the execution was dismal and entirely unrealistic.

I understand the human need for companionship in an educated form, but I cannot wrap my head around the fixation that exists in his scenario. How does one obsess and attach himself to a female version of that freaky 6th Sense A.I. kid that has no actual physical form other than a phone? Oh wait, Scarlett Johansson voiced it in her breathy, slightly smoky, sextacular voice. Too bad she tried too hard.

Joaquin Phoenix on the other hand, displayed a performance very dissimilar to anything we've witnessed before. He nailed the geeky, awkward, sloppy, sensitive, passive wussbag the script called for. I actually felt sorry for him as he powered through this magnum opus Jonze is most proud of. He persists the character so well, that i began to wonder if he had actual experience in this lifestyle, and was only referring back to his embarrassed past to perform. Needless to say, he was fantastic, despite the poor B-rated sideshows he was paired with. Well, maybe not Amy Adams. She's amazing, especially in American Hustle and Ella Enchanted. Yes. Shut up.

Unfortunately, i cannot recommend this film even for a sappy date night with the missus. Its depressing, slow, and does not have a happy romantic ending. It closes with a resounding WTF that leaves you empty and shaken, feeling hollow and sorry for all the folks who fell in love with their OSes. It garnered rave reviews, won plenty of awards and did fairly well at the box office, but i presume that the base audience either didn't know what they were getting into (like me and my wife), or were looking to get further depressed enough that they could justify suicide. No, I'm sorry, that's pretty scathing and rude. This is currently Spike Jonze's pride and joy - he's made his parents proud wearing fake saggy breasts that squirt, mind you - and i can see where he's worked very hard at it. But it was hard to get through, especially when the OS has an orgasm. Oh sorry. Spoiler alert!

Don't waste your time. Sorry Spike.
Better known as? I have no idea what you are talking about after that statement.

Spike Jonze did Adaptation, Being John Malkovich, Where the Wild Things Are, while also being an award winning music video director (both single sing and live compilation).

Haven't seen Her, yet, as it seemed more like an HBO, Cinemax, Starz, Showtime, Encore, TMC, etc watch.

And this may be an interesting article, with some actual history and evidence of the trend towards what this movie satirizes...

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blog...with-bots.html
Have you not watched the Jack*ss movies and/or Bad Grandpa? Spike Jonze, yes, the director of other greater films, was also in those movies in very unflattering characters. I am very well aware of Betsy Morais' blog post, and it was actually because of that post that I was so piqued about seeing Her. She raises some solid existential questions that raised curiosity enough to warrant risking Jonze's attempt at deeper referencing human study merely played out on screen. Sapiosexual relationships, which are what this film directly implies, are entirely possible. However, this film reduces its true definition to a mediocre, grander audience level, allowing the OS to be more of a flirty conversationalist instead of a true intellectual attraction. It ends up portraying a digital catfish moral suggestion when it could have been much more meaningful and not leave us feeling betrayed and empty.

Also, Being John Malkovich is one of my favorite movies that was cleverly written and stylishly directed and produced. That great effort had significantly reduced my perception of Mr. Spike after I saw him parade around in a fat suit ranking people, or an old lady make-up with her tits hanging out, or a milk spewing corpse. I was still expecting a greater film, but was disappointed at the Jack*ss-esque humor that subtly laced Her, at times inappropriately, instead of taking the higher ground and creating something truly meaningful about love and life. You'll understand exactly what I mean about 15 minutes into the film.

Thank you for your critical feedback, futiles, it's refreshing to be engaged in a mental challenge.
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Originally Posted by B8TINGU
Nope. Big Grin

It's okay, we all need diverse friends to either challenge us or feel superior over Wink jk
No, I have never watched Jack*ss nor Bad Grandpa.

Not my style of... "Comedy?"
No, I have never watched Jack*ss nor Bad Grandpa.

Not my style of... "Comedy?"
Originally Posted by futiles
I'm not sure if you're insulting me or not... Big Grin No, those films barely brush the definition. I had only seen Bad Grandpa in theaters, and the others were late-night insomnia-induced entertainment. What is your style of comedy, for the record?
I'm not sure if you're insulting me or not... Big Grin No, those films barely brush the definition. I had only seen Bad Grandpa in theaters, and the others were late-night insomnia-induced entertainment. What is your style of comedy, for the record?
Originally Posted by porschephiliac
Honestly, most anything except "lowbrow" or potty/gross-out humor. It just doesn't do anything for me.

Unfortunately, that is what is big right now.

Satire, slapstick, vaudeville, cerebral, anything else.
Honestly, most anything except "lowbrow" or potty/gross-out humor. It just doesn't do anything for me.

Unfortunately, that is what is big right now.

Satire, slapstick, vaudeville, cerebral, anything else.
Originally Posted by futiles
I understand you now. The dirty lowbrow is fun for me when I am not really paying attention to it, you know? And there is a huge influx of them in the recent years. I am much more a horror fan at heart; I prefer being held in suspense and fear. Combine that with rich comedy, and I'm gold. Once again, thanks!

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