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  • RELEASED: 2013
  • RUNTIME: 126 mins
  • WRITTEN BY: Spike Jonze
  • DIRECTED BY: Spike Jonze
  • STARRING: Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, Chris Pratt, Matt Letscher

I think I love this movie. It’s a brilliant, multi-layered exploration of loneliness, the importance of human connection and the way that technology has invaded our society. It’s been a long time since a movie has kept my eyes this glued to the screen. Even through it’s few flaws there wasn’t one scene where I wasn’t fully involved. The world that Spike Jonze created is so imaginative that I honestly would be interested to see another story in this near future LA and Hoyte Van Hoytema’s cinematography makes for maybe one of the most beautiful looking films I’ve ever seen. It’s an emotional and insightful film with a ton of deep-thinking sci-fi questions and ideas. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s without flaws though. I think the first two acts are nearly flawless and I still really enjoy the rest of the film but there are moments in the last act particularly that I feel somewhat conflicted about. I’m not sure exactly how the film wanted me to feel about Theodore and Samantha’s relationship. I personally felt that it was unhealthy but there are moments where I’m not sure if that’s the way I’m supposed to feel and if I was actually supposed to feel something for that relationship and believe that it was real love and if it was then it didn’t work at all. But simply on first viewing, I think this might be a flawed masterpiece.