Her | Megan Ellison, Spike Jonze & Vincent Landay
Here we are. The big one. The most coveted award of them all: Best Picture. This year, there are nine very deserving nominees: 12 Years a Slave, Dallas Buyers Club, Her, Gravity, The Wolf of Wall Street, American Hustle, Philomena, Nebraska, and Captain Phillips. So many of these films were my favorites from this year, specifically American Hustle, Nebraska, and Her. However, if I had to choose one movie that was incredibly successful in all facets of filmmaking, from acting to writing to directing, it would be Her, the beautiful, stirring romance from director Spike Jonze.
Her is a film that resonates with viewers well after you’ve seen it. The honest, real, and vibrant relationship between Theodore and Samantha stays with you much longer than any of the drug-induced debauchery of The Wolf of Wall Street or the technological advancements of Gravity.
Her challenges the way we view human interaction, while also embracing the simplicity of every day conversation, of the beautiful little things that we notice every day but almost always forget to hold onto and remember. Spike Jonze and his team take these small, seemingly insignificant moments and fill them with purpose. Her forces us to focus on what it really means to be in love and how easily it is to fall into it.
Her transports us to a state of mind where the simple, little things don’t just get noticed by people but are instead enshrined in memory, where the kind, funny words of a lover all we need to get through the day. And that ability to reach through the screen and make us truly, honestly feel is what makes Her the best film of this past year.