As we count down the road to the Oscars, I must be honest… I don’t usually watch or like Oscar Nominated films. It’s not uncommon for there to be a year I didn’t even see a single movie on the nominees list before the Oscars. Some years I don’t even WANT to see a single movie nominated for an Oscar. This year, however, of the films nominated for Best Picture I’ve seen two and plan to see at least two more, if not three. That will put me seeing five of the nine nominees, which is an all-time record, so I decided that, leading up to the Oscars, I’d post about each one I see and why I think they should or shouldn’t win the awards they are all nominated for.
We’ll start with the first one I saw and that is Her.
I wanted to see Her since I saw the previews for it, so when I started taking classes in a city that actually HAD it (my small town cinema often skips more ‘artsy’ films that they won’t sell a lot of tickets to) I decided to go see it my very first day after class. When I told people I wanted to see it, a lot of people went, “That movie about a dude in love with his computer? That looks so pathetic and dumb.”
…. even if I had EVER thought that, I can assure you, Her is NOT pathetic and dumb.
If you don’t know what it is about, Her is a movie set in the future about a man named Theodore Twombly. For the sake of not forgetting anything, I’ll just give you the IMDB plot summary since I’ve seen a few movies since Her.
Theodore is a lonely man in the final stages of his divorce. When he’s not working as a letter writer, his down time is spent playing video games and occasionally hanging out with friends. He decides to purchase the new OS1, which is advertised as the world’s first artificially intelligent operating system, “It’s not just an operating system, it’s a consciousness,” the ad states. Theodore quickly finds himself drawn in with Samantha, the voice behind his OS1. As they start spending time together they grow closer and closer and eventually find themselves in love. Having fallen in love with his OS, Theodore finds himself dealing with feelings of both great joy and doubt. As an OS, Samantha has powerful intelligence that she uses to help Theodore in ways others hadn’t, but how does she help him deal with his inner conflict of being in love with an OS? (From IMDB)
Before we get into the spoiler-filled section, let’s take a look at what all Her has Oscar nominations for:
- Best Picture
- Music- Original Score
- Music- Original Song
- Writing- Original Screenplay
- Production Design
Her most DEFINITELY has the potential to win Best Picture, in my opinion. This film was beyond anything I have ever seen artistically, thematically, emotionally, and the acting was MIND BLOWING. Joaquin Phoenix honestly should’ve at least been nominated for Best Actor if you want my opinion. He was incredible. This film was moving and richly layered, and I honestly have seen very few movies that I walked out of feeling like it would be with me forever.
Music- Original Score
This film’s score was phenomenal. I cannot express enough how much the score to this film enriched the viewing experience. William Butler and Owen Pallett could definitely be contenders for this award.
Music- Original Song
I don’t really remember this song and honestly I think Frozen has everybody beat in this category (Sorry, Her).
Writing- Original Screenplay
A THOUSAND TIMES YES! Honestly if Spike Jonze doesn’t win this award I will call foul on the voting committee. This is the category that this film is meant to win. This story is beautiful and amazing and the writing is the WHOLE reason why it is so incredible. This is one of the most amazingly written pieces of art that has ever existed, in my opinion.
Honestly I don’t know. I can see how this film COULD potentially win that award, but there are also several films up against it that could win it.
This movie broke my heart. It was beautiful in the most original way, it was heartwarming in the most incredible way, and it was heartbreaking in the most tragic way, yet through all of that, the ending still is NOT tragic. It is bittersweet and filled with hope and you realize that Theodore is in a better place now than he probably ever has been. I won’t fully spoil the movie, but it makes you think of ‘what makes a person?’ that Samantha is so REAL. Samantha IS a person. Yet at the same time, she’s more than a person. She has no body, but she has a mind and a soul. It makes you think about what we all find in love and if we love the right way. It poses questions of judging people by things we may or may not understand the way so many judged Theodore for being in love with an AI. It shows you that love can be different in different ways. It hurts you and heals you and breaks you all over again, and honestly I’ve never seen a more artistically and philosophically wonderful film.
All in all I have to say that this movie was amazing, I would give it 9.5/10 (SERIOUSLY, it was INCREDIBLE), and I definitely say GO SEE IT!