DVD review: ‘Her’ finds romance in a microchip

By Sean P. Means

The Salt Lake Tribune

Published: May 12, 2014 07:31AM
Updated: May 10, 2014 01:01AM
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FILE - This file image provided by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Joaquin Phoenix in a scene from "Her." In ?Her,? Spike Jonze?s futuristic exploration of a man?s relationship with his computer, the filmmaker surveys human disjunction. (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, File)

Grade • A

DVD •Spike Jonze’s “Her” is a wonder, a movie that not only fills the genre of romantic comedy but redefines it.

In a tech-savvy near-future, lonely writer Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) installs a new operating system in his computer. The OS takes the name Samantha and a female voice (provided by Scarlett Johansson). Samantha is eager to learn about Theodore and the world around him, and Theodore finds her easier to talk to than human women, such as his ex-wife (Rooney Mara).

Soon a romance blooms, one that makes the viewer reconsider what it means to fall in love. Jonze’s off-kilter world is both whimsical and authentic, where an embrace of technology takes on a double meaning that isn’t as scary as you’d think.