Monday, 10 March 2014

Her, She, It

One of my favorite moments from the 86th Academy Awards was definitely when Spike Jonze’s film, Her, was awarded Best Original Screenplay of the year. If you haven’t watched it yet, no worries, this post is not going to spoil anything for you, but I suggest you take a sneak peek at the trailer, go out there and WATCH IT! Believe me, it’s for your own good.

So here I am to tell you why this film should be on your MUST-WATCH list:

Screenplay (is this too obvious?)
Well yes, I completely agree with the Academy on this one. In my humble opinion, Her has everything a good script should have: a compelling story that not only makes you wonder about the character’s decisions but your own choices in life along with a subtle analysis that reflects how the world could have more open-minded ways (in this case technological) to live and relate with each other, getting us out of that comfortable, conservative, and boring zone we’re usually inside of. This story definitely excels at demonstrating the multitude of layers we possess as human beings: we are adaptable, vulnerable, complex, dependent, and in need of existential fulfillment.

Production Design & Art Direction
I was in awe of the beautiful color palette, ambiance, and set dressing of this movie. Vibrant and soft red, yellow, and orange colors fill the screen in such creative and appealing ways that it’s impossible not to stare fascinated at every detail composed by the crew. From Theodore’s modern clothes to the furniture in his office and apartment, all the elements of this story are perfectly put in place to reinforce and embrace its context.

Arcade Fire and The Breeders are some of the artists that bring life to the film with their touching lyrics and melodies. 

However, there’s no doubt that one of the most significant and lovely moments of the piece takes place when both Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson sing along ‘The Moon Song’, by Karen O (feat. Ezra Koenig). As many of you may know, this song was one of the Academy Awards Best Original Song nominees. Tip: if you want to purchase it, you can find both the original and the film version on iTunes.

Joaquin Phoenix as Theodore
This post could not be completed if I didn’t mention what a great choice Joaquin Phoenix was for Theodore’s role. 

Oh, Joaquin.

Known for his performance in movies like Gladiator (2000), Walk the Line (2005) and The Master (2012), Joaquin does an amazing job when embodying Theodore as a nostalgic, and melancholic yet hopeful man whose vulnerability allows him to enter into a whole new way to feel, question himself, trust, and love again.

These are some of the aspects I can highlight from the movie, but it’s only fair to add that it also has a refreshing cinematography and a very well-thought direction. Overall, Her is one of those films that reinforces my passion for storytelling and reassures me in the revolutionary power of film, media, and visual arts.

Random recommendation: While doing some research about the film, I found ‘Everything about Everything’, a Spike Jonze blog. This blog not only compiles fun facts, ideas and anecdotes about the film Her but also re-posts of articles, pictures, designs, and illustrations. It’s worth taking a look at to see Jonze’s influence on people around the world.

So tell me, have you watched the film Her? What do you think of it? What did you like or not like about it? If you haven’t watched it, I hope this post encourages you to do so. And then come back and share your thoughts and comments in the section below or tweet @Swagger_Media!

¡Hasta la próxima!

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