Her | Megan Ellison, Spike Jonze & Vincent Landay
In the words of Matthew McConaughey, alright, alright, alright… here we are, only a mere four days away from the highly anticipated Academy Awards. Over the past week or so; Chris, Ryan, and myself have been dishing out our personal choices for some of the awards, which has been going great. However, today is the day, and we will finally be covering the most important award; Best Picture.
2013 was a phenomenal cinematic year, and I don’t think that I have ever collectively loved a grouping of movies this much before. While I would argue that a ton of 2013 films are all top 10 worthy, the best picture category has narrowed our choices down to 8 amazing motion pictures…. and one, in my opinion, average movie.
I’m not going to talk about Captain Phillips (deal with it), but I really enjoyed every other movie that is on the Best Picture list. American Hustle put together a great story with an all-star cast and made was probably the most all around fun movie to watch. Dallas Buyers Club was an inspirational story coupled with fantastic acting that preached about never giving up. Gravity was another visual masterpiece from Alfonso Cuarόn that felt more like an experience rather than watching a film. Nebraska felt like the year’s underdog movie that delivered a wonderfully heartwarming father and song tale. Philomena pleasantly surprised me by making history feel charming, mainly due to the on screen dynamic between Dench and Coogan. 12 Years A Slave was a depiction of pure hopelessness and despair that featured stunning performances from Ejiofor and Fassbender. Lastly, there was The Wolf of Wall Street, the most exciting and enjoyable movie of the year that was another exceptional delivery from Leo. However, I still think that the best movie of the year was Spike Jonze’s Her, starring Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, and Amy Adams.
Her embodied everything I could personally want from a movie; a warm and happy feeling futuristic setting, a beautiful story that displays nearly every emotion, an awesome cast and director, great soundtrack, and more depth than the unexplored parts of the ocean. The relationship between Theodore (Phoenix) and Samantha (Johansson) is one of the most realistic and true things I’ve ever seen in a film that really pushes the boundaries of acceptance for the characters within the movie and viewers watching. The story bends the standard view of a relationship and focuses the deep emotional connection developed between Theodore and Samantha, yet some people still look at the movie thinking something like, “wow this guy is dating his computer that’s so dumb.”
Her was definitely one of the most full movies I have ever seen, and I really think that Spike Jonze created something wonderful. Joaquin Phoenix really delivers an outstanding performance for a movie that completely relies on up close camera angles of the main character’s face to express certain emotions, and he just captures them perfectly. I haven’t even gotten into the color representation or existential themes that are featured as well, but damn, I could really go on and on about this film. Her was easily my favorite movie of the year; it was the most unique film I’ve seen in a long time and even caused me to shed a few tears (no shame). Although I don’t expect it to win, I think Her is most deserving of the Best Picture.
Hell, listen to the Song on the Beach from the soundtrack and tell me it’s not beautiful.