This is only his fourth directing effort in 15 years and his first as both writer and director. It never quite grasped what it was reaching for and the final act lost major steam. Everything’s the way it is today except instead of people being obsessed with their phones 18 hours a day, they’re obsessed with them 23 hours a day. But that you make sure the things your characters are going through are relatable to real world people. But man, after like 20 scenes with them on the phone together? One of the best (and creepiest) scenes was when Samantha got a surrogate woman to have sex with Theodore while she talked to him.
Columnist Mark Harris classifies Jonze’s career best when he says: “As he begins his third decade as a restless genre-hopper in the public eye, he remains one of the rare film artists who is equally respected in and out of the mainstream. In other words, the future versions of ourselves are tuning out the real world even more than they do now. Watching the woman come on to Theodore with Samantha’s voice, even though the woman’s lips weren’t moving, was, as Theodore put it, “really weird.” And there were a few quirky Spike Jonze’isms that kept things fun, such as Paul, Theodore’s co-worker who really really really (like in an unhealthy way) liked Theodore’s letters. I came away from this week a little confused, because I watched three sets of writers take three different approaches to their scripts.
He is currently the creative director of Vice Media, Inc..
He is part owner of skateboard company Girl Skateboards with riders Rick Howard and Mike Carroll.
But now it appears she finally has something to smile about again, thanks to a burgeoning romance with Jonze.
American magazine Star reports Williams was seen kissing Jonze outside his Lower East Side Manhattan apartment on July 2nd.
Spike Jonze continues to be a hell of an interesting director, and like all good artists, you’re never quite sure what you’re going to get from him.
This is how Theodore meets Samantha, one of those OSs. He begins telling his friends, like depressed documentarian Amy (played by Amy Adams) and is surprised when they actually accept the relationship. I liked the discovery of Samantha, their burgeoning relationship, and I liked how relatable it all was. And then there’s Her, which took a bunch of chances, and was really the antithesis to Save The Cat screenwriting.
But that search for knowledge quickly evolves into a thirst for Theodore! Will he be able to contain her and save their relationship? That’s what really stood out here, how familiar these experiences felt and how accessible that made the movie. When Samantha represented our own online relationships, we identified with Theodore and cared about what happened.
He co-founded Directors Label, with filmmakers Chris Cunningham and Michel Gondry, and the Palm Pictures company.
He has been nominated for four Academy Awards: Best Director for Being John Malkovich, and Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay and Best Original Song ("The Moon Song") for Her.
He’s never been tagged a sellout, and—amazingly, given the accelerated pace of public taste and Internet mood swings—he has never not been cool.” You can read the rest of Harris’s article here. Enter Theodore, who writes online letters for people who don’t know the difference between a metaphor and a simile (I admit to being one of these unfortunate souls), a job that allows him to exist smack dab in the middle of this reality-sucks universe. His wife left him (notated by classic indie over-exposed flashbacks of the two during happier times) and he’s still not over it, still not able to give himself to another woman. And then the first ever artificially intelligent operating system is introduced. It wasn’t that typical amateur writer stuff where he’s an all-by-himself 24/7 super-loser. There is no real-world equivalent to your partner cheating on you with 600 other people. And then there was a cyber-sex scene that had Theodore’s partner (voiced by Kristin Wiig, I later found out) telling him to strangle her with her dead cat while he fucked her. But those moments couldn’t prop up a film that probably would’ve worked best as an extended short, as opposed to a 125 minute feature (125 pages for a script where your character is going to be on the phone 80% of the time?? The Grudge Match writers literally copied and pasted Blake Snyder’s Save The Cat book into their Final Draft document and saved the document as “Grudge Match.” The Walter Mitty writers were a little more ambitious and went off the beaten path, yet lost momentum in their final act as a result (once your main character achieves his goal, as Walter Mitty did at the end of Act 2, it’s hard to keep us interested for another half-hour).
Of course, seeing as it came from the writer of “First Kid” (starring Sinbad), I shouldn’t have been surprised. The question is, what kind of “not sure” did we get?