The best romance and sci-fi film of 2013 could be writer and director Spike Jonze’s futuristic fable about a melancholy, mustached man ( Joaquin Phoenix) and his sexy-sounding computer operating system (voiced by Scarlett Johansson). The unlikely couple passes through all the normal phases of a relationship — as well as some very abnormal phases. Everything from the fashion to the architecture builds a believable depiction of a utopian near-future, and the breadth of the themes makes Her a Rorschach test for viewers: one could see it as a movie about the definition of love, our reliance on technology, the shifting of gender roles, the possibility of the singularity, or the merits of Buddhist philosophy. Phoenix does a lot of solo talking, but Jonze’s assured and imaginative filmmaking carries the film. Rated R. 119 minutes. Regal DeVargas, Santa Fe.
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