I had a couple of different ideas about what to make that would coordinate with Her. I’ll talk about a really destinctive production design in a minute and that could have lended itself to an interesting creation. Then, it came to me: what could better accompany a movie about a man falling in love with a computer than my ‘You’re Going to Die Alone’ cupcakes?
It’s technically just Better Than Sex cake with Kahlua. But lets face it, if you’re devouring this cake it’s probably because you’ve internalized an existential crisis centering around the fact that we are all going to die alone. Enjoy.
Ultimate Verdict: 4/5
Summary: In a not-so-distant futuristic Los Angeles a recently divorced man falls in love with an operating system. The dynamics and essential elements of relationships are explored in a quirky but slightly tragic study of love and loss.
Written & Directed by: Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Where the Wild Things Are)
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix (Gladiator, Walk the Line, The Master), Scarlett Johansson (Lost in Translation, Match Point, Vicky Cristina Barcelona), Amy Adams (The Fighter, The Master)
The concept for this movie is so wild that when I first heard about it I couldn’t decide if it was brilliant or painfully pretentious. It turns out that it was a quirky, surprisingly amusing look at the building blocks of relationships and human connection.
The film opens by immersing you into this futuristic setting. So often depictions of the future are completely detached from our current reality, to a point where it’s difficult to find any resemblance of contemporary culture in their projection of the future: that is not the case for Her and I think that is where its strength lies. Spike Lee has created this truly remarkable and completely conceivable world.