Author: Thomas Edwards

Her – Review

A modern, thought-provoking film of modern cinema, Her is the product of Jonze’s unique screenwriting and the wonderfully expressive voice acting of Scarlett Johansson. Spike Jonze’s latest film Her, focuses on the unlikely romance between two individuals in the near future living in Los Angeles, California. The reason the relationship between Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) and Samantha (Scarlett Johansson) is so unlikely is that the couple is only one part human. Samantha is a piece of new technology, an artificially intelligent operating system designed to see to Theodore’s everyday needs. However the twist in this is the rather unnerving addition of Samantha having a human consciousness and being able to educate herself. Through this innovation the new AIs form emotional responses to their human counterparts. Jonze brings the pair together at Twombly’s lowest, whilst he is trapped in a seemingly inescapable melancholia due to his recent divorce from his wife, Catherine (Rooney Mara) and his self-pity brought on by his struggle with commitment to romantic relationships. Following their introduction to each other it becomes apparent that Samantha is the saviour of Theodore and vice versa. Samantha’s companionship pulls him from his depression and remedies his commitment issues whilst Theodore’s comfort helps Samantha overcome the doubts she harbours concerning the validity of her thoughts, feelings and her relationship with him. Once these hurdles are surpassed the unorthodox couple come to odds against...

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Captain Phillips – review

Director Paul Greengrass’ Captain Phillips is another of his audacious attempts to bring controversial, real-life events to the masses through cinema, and once again, he has captured the tone nigh on perfectly. Complete with his signature use of handheld cameras to compliment the urgency of action sequences, Greengrass’ epic story of heroics and piracy around the African Horn is frighteningly gripping when you consider that similar occurrences continue to happen today around the world. The film’s narrative rarely loses focus despite his efforts to tell the tale from the angles of both Captain Phillips’ and the hijackers’ points of view simultaneously, which is some feat of cinematography and a credit to the screenplay. Of course, this film would not be what it is without the incredible performances given by Tom Hanks as Captain Richard Phillips which certainly is amongst his best work and breakout supporting actor Barkhad Abdi as Muse; leader of the Somali pirate band. This work of art easily deflects the recent criticisms over accuracy to possibly become an early leader in the race for 2014’s Academy Awards. Captain Phillips is adapted for the screen superbly by writer Billy Ray from the book A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea by the Captain in question; Richard Phillips himself and collaborative writer Stephan Talty. It tells the story of a sea-weary American Captain of...

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