A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW: “HER” = 4/10

If you like boring movies, don’t miss “Her” starring Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson as the computer voice of Her.

     Phoenix plays the role of a 40ish lonely fellow living in NYC, on the verge of divorce, trying to find some connection to the world. He works as a computerized letter writer and plays video games in his apartment to kill time, which he has plenty of. Meanwhile, he hooks into a relationship with a voice via O.S. (Operation System) where he meets a sultry Samantha which develops into a virtual romance, between a man with a body and a woman’s voice with no body.

     There must have been at least forty scenes where Joaquin is depicted in close-up pondering alone, walking alone, sitting alone, looking out a window alone, to the point where it simply became one long uninspiring film in which the ending could not come soon enough.

     The scene where Joaquin makes virtual love with a voice on a cell phone might have been imaginative to some, but it was terribly contrived and plain stupid, listening to the female voice reaching an orgasm by telephone with no body to begin with. Sorry, it just didn’t fly.

     The message of the film was grim, thinking about the future of mankind who stop feeling for one another with our mind and bodies and rely totally on electronics to fulfill our needs. We can look around restaurants, schools  and other public places and see that happening right now. One wonders where it will lead us to as a culture in another 50 years.

     Phoenix is normally a great actor, and so is Johansson. The wonderful Amy Adams plays a small part as an old friend of Phoenix in the movie. It was great to see her without makeup or sultry dress. But the acting did not stir the interest in wanting to see the picture to the end.

     Her is one of the movies nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture.  I must have missed something. I give it a 4 out of 10.

Click here: Her (2013) – IMDb

11 Responses to A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW: “HER” = 4/10

  1. Pamela Jarvis January 20, 2014 at 2:27 am #

    A movie that surely leaves you thinking…….it’s profoundly sad but hopeful…..maybe a little too profound and futuristic to be appreciated by everyone.

  2. Donald January 20, 2014 at 6:19 am #

    I wonder why IMDb gave it an 8.5 rating, and the Academy nominated it as best pictue of the year. There is a disconnect somewhere.

  3. Larry Henry January 20, 2014 at 7:14 am #

    8.5 rating? Best picture of the year?
    Liberals protect their own. Just look at the politically correct bilge on TV and the silver screen today. These plays and films would have been trashed 25-30 years ago. Pitiful!

  4. Donald Sammis January 20, 2014 at 8:29 am #

    I dont think it will take anywhere near 50 years. Probably one generation, which now hovers arount 14 years

  5. Howard Bernbaum PE January 20, 2014 at 9:34 am #

    We are surrounded by real life everywhere we go, be it the grocery store, the mall, or even outdoors in the various recreational areas. I do not understand the need to seek Hollywood’s perverted views of “life” for entertainment or edification. Most of these critiques are about non artistic topics. I can understand paying to see a “My Fair Lady” or equivalent, but not the warped garbage purported to represent real life drama. You are wasting your time, money and risking your health in a dirty crowded auditorium.

    The America dreamed up by the Founding Fathers no longer exists.

  6. Mike Clark January 20, 2014 at 12:51 pm #

    Marshall again you make us aware how out of touch the people in Hollywood are. They need every year at least 4 or 5 Award shows , to increase their fake lives and personalities. They have no idea what is going on in the world , other than to say that Obama is doing a terrific job, which shows their ignorance . They also will defend this Fraud of a President , because they know the big producers in Hollywood are all liberal idiots putting forth their unrealistic fantasy lives. Then you have the Producers with all the money , who think they can just say stupid things to Howard on the radio saying they are going to take the NRA down. It just shows you how stupid and powerful they think they are , however like Congress in Washington , if you don’t play the blame game on all the taxpayers and the lovers of this country , you wouldn’t be living in Disney Land. Great movies like Pulp Fiction , show you how dysfunctional Hollywood perceives the world. If you come out against the current administration , you options of doing a movie go down the toilet. So if you want to be in the movies , your manager tells you what to say , otherwise you get no work, condemn Obama you wont get a chance unless you swear that he is doing a fantastic job like Obama Care, the biggest mess all created by liberal Democrats , not one republican vote . Cities like Detroit , Chicago on the edge of BK , all because they are run by democrats. They blame everything on us , saying we are prejudice , however we aren’t the ones saying , I am a Italian American , Irish American , German American , even though we are born here , however every Black Person is identified as African American , because that gives them the identity that gives them special places in the US>

  7. Pamela Jarvis January 20, 2014 at 4:07 pm #

    Howard Bernbaum speaks of “real life” being at the mall, the grocery store, and various recreational venues…….however, movies go a little further than just that. They tell stories of the real lives and places you may have missed……even in your wildest dreams. Mike Clark said “Pulp Fiction” portrayed Hollywood as it really is. Why would Hollywood make a picture that would do that? Why would Hollywood make a movie that would tell true stories of despicable characters, so we, the movie lovers of the world could be so duly informed. “Her” is a sad story of the virtual reality that is not only in the future, but is already here. It is a movie of warning……to open up to the love that is possible in the “real life” world.

  8. Howard Bernbaum January 20, 2014 at 4:29 pm #

    Pamela Jarvis, you are living in a dream world. We have already determined that Hollywood lives in a world of make believe, fantasy land.
    One) Why should we trust them in their portrayal of worlds we haven’t visited? and 2) How in the world does second hand viewing have anything to do with the reality of our own lives.
    Our real world is in the contacts we make with our own eyes and ears with the people we interact with daily and who personally impact our lives. What George Mujabeem does with his girlfriend in Bangladesh, however romantic or edifying, has nothing to do with our daily lives. If Putin, on the other hand, decided to start a nuclear war, we don’t need Hollywood to tell us about it. We’d know soon enough for ourselves.
    Thank you, I prefer to read a good book, anyhow. It is there before me and takes me to places common to the author and my own life experience.

  9. David Lee Valdina January 21, 2014 at 1:30 am #

    I think a blind date is in order between Her and Hal.

  10. paul vincent zecchino January 21, 2014 at 10:25 am #

    Sounds like a powerful film. Maybe make for a good double feature with “Robot Monster” or “The H-Men”, the latter a fantastic 50s sci-fi noir featuring Japanese detectives on the trail of a homicidal puddle of Plasti-goop which keeps bothering a ship’s crew?

    What next? Maybe a retro about a lonely gal who dates and R-390A vacuum tube HF receiver? The symbolism of tuning gears driving cams which plunge ferrite slugs into tightly wound inductors would surely be compelling.

    I smell an Oscar. And don’ anybody even think about copying this inspired concept.

    Sounds like the sillier it is, the more likely to get the awards these days.

    We have a saying here at Villa d’Amplitron, “We’ll wait to see it onna DVD.”

    Too bad, too. Phoenix is always good, and my wife always enjoys Amy Adams’ performances.

    Maybe a sequel in which Phoenix, in latter years, strikes up a romance with a Philco B&W TV?

    Just a thought.

  11. paul vincent zecchino January 21, 2014 at 3:22 pm #

    By way of an update on Scarlett Johansen, presently 1515L, 21 JAN ’14, NYPost dot com reports Ms. Johansen is bucking the false gods of political correctness by standing firmly by Soda Stream, a company based on ‘the wrong side of the green line’ – according to the Israel haters.

    That takes courage, given that anything slightly less than zealous adherence to PC including its anti-Israel stance can severely crimp if not finish off one’s film career.

    Kudos to Ms. Johansen. The photo of her standing with, presumably, the Soda Stream CEO is quite lovely.