Saturday, November 26, 2022

Joaquin Phoenix Stuns in “Her”: Now Playing at Coronado Village Theatre

Her in one word: odd. Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) is a technology-obsessed divorcee seeking companionship to fill the void in his heart. After his wife Catherine (Rooney Mara) leaves him due to the metaphorical distance between the once intoxicated lovers, Twombly becomes withdrawn from society, and drawn into technology. With the development of the world’s first highly advanced operating systems, Twombly finds love with the disembodied voice of his “personalized” OS, Samantha (Scarlett Johansson).

Fans of movies such as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Donnie Darko will find a strange comfort in Her‘s eccentric plot and its odd twists. The semi-futuristic film is depicted as a “modern love story”, and though it is out-of-the-box, its message is intriguing: are humans too preoccupied with technology to endure real relationships? After seeing the film, moviegoer Melissa Stubbs commented, “It’s sad to think that one can get such satisfaction from an operating system, but in the end the physical touch wins.”

Moviegoers hoping to see this film should not walk into the theater with a closed mind: to truly enjoy the artistic genius that surrounds Her, people must be open to seeing modern-day technology glorified and emphasized to make a witty, realistic point about human relationships in the 21st century.

Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, and Scarlett Johansson

Directed by: Spike Jonze

Rated: R for language, sexual content, and brief graphic nudity

Length: 162 minutes

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Caroline Minchella

Staff Writer, Intern


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