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Dec
23

The Cinefantastique Spotlight: HER

Joaquin Phoenix finds love in a Scarlett Johansson-sounding computer in HER.

Joaquin Phoenix finds love in a Scarlett Johansson-sounding computer in HER.

And, after all the paranormal activities and interstellar warfare and superhero histrionics and marooned astronauts and rampaging monsters and quasi-mythical heroes and super-powered teens (soooooo many super-powered teens…), it comes down to this: One man, broken but beautiful, who in the near future finds himself falling in love with his computer’s surprisingly human operating system.

HER — written and directed by Spike Jonze and starring Joaquin Phoenix as the flesh-and-blood suitor and the voice of Scarlett Johansson as his digital object of affection (and co-starring Amy Adams and Rooney Mara) — is sweeping up praise for its innovative take on the classic love story, but has its influence been overstated? In yet another lively discussion, the Cinefantastique Online team of Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons stake out a wide spectrum of positions on the film, from new classic to seriously overhyped. Click on the player to hear the show.

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