A film like “Her” is a needed refreshment to film and entertainment. The world should rejoice every time someone writes a romantic screenplay that strays from sitcom clichés and painfully cheesy “comedies”. “Silver Linings Playbook” was last year’s break from the mundane, and “Her” is this year’s.

Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix), works for a company that writes love letters for couples and falls in love with his really smart operating system (voice of Scarlett Johansson). It’s a quirky idea, but “Her” grows on you as an analytical piece about modern-day relationships, physical existence, social technology, and happiness in the near future society.

Joaquin Phoenix gives a brilliant performance that is easily the best I’ve seen from him. His chemistry with the sweet voice of Scarlett Johansson is wonderful. Supporting cast includes Chris Pratt (Andy!), and Amy Adams, who both deliver important roles in their limited screen time.

Funny, endearing, smart, and sweet, “Her” combines a solid script with interesting cinematography into a neat package that deserves recognition.

8.8/10