Thanks again to Abbi of Abbiosbiston.com for choosing this month’s genre.
Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Tim of FilmFunkel We will be reviewing our favorite Found Footage movies. In order to get a better idea as to what this genre might include, check out this post by Tim.
Please get me your submissions by the 25th of December by sending them to TisTheFFSeason@movierob.net Try to think out of the box! Great choice Tim!
Let’s see what I thought of this movie:
Number of Times Seen – 2 (13 Jan 2014 and 23 Nov 2015)
Link to original review – Here
Brief Synopsis – A lonely divorced man gets a new operating system and begins an interesting relationship once it becomes clear
My Take on it – This movie really has such an overused theme about love but uses the ever expanding world of our reliance on technology to give it a very unique and original spin.
The age old question that people wonder is what causes attraction between two lovers? is it due to physical appearances, mental or emotional capacities or is it some kind of combination of both?
The answer is still unknown because it’s not easy to explain.
This movie takes things to a slight extreme and wants us to believe that it is mostly just mental or emotional attraction because if that’s the case, then it wpuld be possible for a man and an operating system to find “love”.
This movie works so well because Writer/Director Spike Jonze wrote an amazing script and Joaquin Phoenix is perfect as the leading man.
The voice of the OS is Scarlett Johansson and despite not recording their lines together (originally Samantha Morton was the OS, see the trivia below), they “click” amazingly well together and we can believe that their relationship is real.
It wouldn’t surprise me so much if technology actually reaches a point where it would be possible for this kind of story to really happen and that also helps make this movie feel so real; because we know that it is close to possible based on how much we all rely on technology (myself included) in this day and age.
Definitely not a “normal” kind of relationship and I think that it fits perfectly into this genre.
Bottom Line – Very interesting take on love and relationships. Asks the age old question of what we are attracted to; the mind, the body or both. There are no simple answers but Phoenix and Johansson both give excellent performances based on a deftly written script by Jonze. Also says a lot about our reliance on technology for so many facets of our lives in this day and age. Perfect analogy for how we all are connected to our phone. Pheonix is superb here with Johannson’s voice also eliciting the perfect tone for it all. Unfortunately, it tapers off towards the end. Highly recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Samantha Morton was originally the voice of Samantha. She was present on the set with Joaquin Phoenix every day. After the filming wrapped and Spike Jonze started editing the movie, he felt like something was not right. With Morton’s blessing, he decided to recast the role and Scarlett Johansson was brought and replaced Morton, re-recording all the dialogue. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (no change from original review)
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