I saw a marvellous movie this week. It's called Her, directed by Spike Jonze and stars Joaquin Phoenix and the voice of Scarlett Johansson. After watching the trailer, I thought the movie would be depressing and sad, but it so wasn't. I cried more because of how beautiful it was than how sad it was.
What I loved about it is that it was gentle and slow. I kept waiting for a crash-and-burn climax or for one of the characters to go crazy, but it didn't happen. As a highly sensitive person, this was a relief. Finally, a movie where I could relax and take it in without clenching or fearing what was about to happen.
I trusted the director to take me on a trip, a trip where subtle flaws and the nuance of relationships are made into poetry by Theodore (Joaquin's character), who writes personal letters for people. When he fell for the operating system, Samantha, I thought that he would have to hide it and face ridicule for something so weird, but he didn't. He wasn't the only one who was lonely and reaching out to operating systems to fill the void. I thought that Samantha, the operating system, would turn into a crazy, lunatic, jealous girlfriend, but she didn't. She grew, and he grew, and it was beautiful.
My boyfriend, Brett, whispered in my ear after the first scene, "I already like this movie."
Oh, and I really like the funny, high-waisted pants the guys all wore in it. The movie is set in the near future, but everyone is dressed kind of dowdy and plain-like. Less makeup and glamour also made the film stand out as being more human and more real.