Her (2013) Film Review

In a future not too dissimilar to now, a boy will meet a girl and fall in love. It’s not quite the age-old love story it seems however, and Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) falls for Samantha (Scarlett Johansson), an advanced computer operating system.

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Her (2013) is the latest film from filmmaker Spike Jonze and in many ways its characters are recognisable from the directors other work. Theodore is an unhappy middle-aged man, in a job he hates, and experiencing crippling loneliness. He inhabits a world of technologically connected people but is always alone. At work he writes letters and cards for other people and he knows a great deal about them but has never met them. It’s all a bit like the present day social media craze but it’s a hyper version of now. Continue reading “Her (2013) Film Review”

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Don Jon (2013) Film Review

Jon Martello (Joseph Gordon Levitt) fancies himself to be a ladies man however when he falls for Barbara (Scarlett Johansson) he decides to settle down. This is harder than he anticipates and Jon finds giving up his true passion, internet porn, much more difficult.

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Don Jon opens as it means to go on. The slick montage that greets viewers bombards them with hyper-sexualised, pop culture imagery. This montage serves to introduce Don through external symbols. Don Jon is a man who finds meaning from his job, his apartment, and masturbation. Jon moves from his montage to a coldly light room. Don masturbates to the lonely glow of a laptop screen and the theme of the movie becomes apparent: objectification. Continue reading “Don Jon (2013) Film Review”