Fresh Air film critic David Edelstein reviews ‘Her,’ calling it, “The best film of the year by a so-wide margin.” Her is the story of a man named Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) who falls in love with his operating system, Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johansson).
Phoenix wears glasses and a thick mustache, but behind his Groucho mask he’s wide open. He’s the kind of actor who works to get himself into a state where he loses his emotional bearings, which sometimes means he doesn’t connect with other actors. But in Her, he’s meant to be all by himself, responding to Samantha’s voice, and the performance is like a free-form solipsistic dance. It’s not pure solipsism, because Samantha exists. But you might be watching a 4-year-old talking to an imaginary friend; it’s that inward.