Newspaper Issue 59

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12 FILM Issue 59 / 2014 IEW V RE HER 24th January Spike Jonze's latest film is quiet, heartwrenching and absolutely brilliant. Spike Jonze's short career has yielded some visionary film making. His partnership with Charlie Kaufman produced 'Adaptation' and 'Being John Malkovich', two of the most brilliant and original films in modern cinema. Jonze is now back with 'Her', a sci-fi romance drama that progresses into an absolute masterpiece. Joaquin Phoenix is fantastically measured as Theodore Twombly, a lonely guy who finds solace in Samantha (Scarlett Johansson), the artificially intelligent operating system on his computer. This is a near future filled with pasteltinted glass and elegant skyscrapers –both alien and familiar, much like the love story at the film's heart. It's hard to believe a relationship between a man and a computer can be so believable, but Phoenix and Johansson's interactions are so natural in practice that you swiftly forget how strange it is in theory. Her's greatest strength is that it never runs out of ideas, sci-fi film's greatest pitfall is that so often movies lean on one concept until it just splutters out. Above all, it's an absolutely beautiful piece of cinema, emotionally, conceptually and technically stellar, truly modern film at its finest. More @

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