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Set in the not too distant future, Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix, well known for Brother Bear) is a lonely writer looking for love. He's been through a divorce with his wife, Catherine (Rooney Mara, well known for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), and things have been becoming worse. Theodore is becoming more isolated day after day, nobody to turn to. After seeing an advertising campaign, Theodore decided to buy a ground-breaking operating system - here we meet Samantha (Scarlett Johansson, well known for Lucy), the voice-only technological assistant who has a very different way of looking at the world. He quickly bonds with this OS as it slowly starts to shape his life and who he is today...
Please note: Whilst watching the movie, I cried. I've never cried in a movie ever before, the screenplay and dialogue are truly phenomenal - this film deserves way more recognition and awards than it got. I would recommend anyone to go and see this and I hope you feel the same way I did after the movie, speechless (I even clapped at my TV because I thought it was that good.).
Overall Rating 9.5/10. Here's why?
+They've defined the next generation of SF movies
+Joaquin Phoenix definitely stands out in this movie
-Not for everyone. But for me, this is jaw-dropping.
Raises many questions that we may well have to confront within some of our lifetimes, such as how a relationship between a conscious, thinking computer and a human being could work, given the vastly different speeds at which they could think and communicate.
The man is played by the very able and versatile actor Joaquin Phoenix, here seen with a moustache, so not immediately recognisable as the same person who played the very different characters of the Emperor Commodus in ‘Gladiator’ or Country & Western singer Johnny Cash in ‘Walk the Line’.
Officially, second billing on the cast list is given to Amy Adams (also hard to recognise from some of her previous roles, having blonde hair here), an actress whom I like and who is fine here, although this is not her best ever performance.
However, the real star and the heart of the film, who surely should have had an Oscar for this, is not seen on screen at all (nor, sadly, in the mostly slightly disappointing DVD extras). It is Scarlett Johansson, who voices the computer in a way that is charming and (at least to me) quite believable that someone might fall in love with, even if the relationship could not be consummated in a conventional sense.
I cannot say too much about the plot without giving things away, except that there are several twists and surprises towards the end, but this is a really good film, and stands up to viewing again.
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Brilliant performance by Joaquin Phoenix in a part I could have imagined the late Robin Williams slotting into. Read morePublished 1 month ago by originalisa
I'm a fan of Joaquin Phoenix but never fancied watching his film which is billed as 'Sci Fi' as I'm not a Sci Fi fan. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tallulah
Ive only got through hour so far but such an amazing touching movie this is,cant say more than this is the new when harry met sally.Published 2 months ago by harpal chauhan