I had really low expectations for this one, It’s always nice when you expect very little from a movie and get more than you bargained for, I guess the key reason why I wasn’t looking forward to it, was because of Joaquin Pheonix, added to this the premise was supposed to be about him falling in love with his computer, that sounded far too quiet and depressing for me.
After five minutes I was glued to my screen, as mentioned I have found Joaquin’s movies hard to stomach for a while now, I find he plays roles that I struggle to relate to, or takes part in projects that to be honest bore me, I didn’t rate his portrayal of Cash because he failed to show the joy and humour of Cash, all you were left with was nut case Cash, the last time I enjoyed his work was in the epic film ” Return to Paradise” and ”Gladiator”.
Back to this film and Pheonix was outstanding, (for the first time in over a decade,) he played a man living in a future that to be honest doesn’t seem a million miles away from the truth based on today’s advancements in technology, when his private life fails he decides to turn to an operating system for love and interaction, I thought the movie would lose me at this point but they gave a plausible reason as to why this would be possible and in the end the director Spike Jonze has you on the edge of the your seat right til the end.
Facts about the film –
Samantha Morton was originally the voice of Samantha. She was present on the set with Joaquin Phoenix every day. After the filming wrapped and Spike Jonze started editing the movie, he felt like something was not right. With Morton’s blessing, he decided to recast the role and Scarlett Johansson was brought and replaced Morton, re-recording all the dialogue..
Amy Adams said writer/director Spike Jonze would essentially lock her and Joaquin Phoenix in a room together for an hour or two every other day, and make them talk to each other. Jonze did this so that the actors could get to know each other better. Adams credits this for her and Phoenix’s close friendship.
One legacy of Samantha Morton‘s casting is the name of Theodore’s operating system. Both lead female roles take the same name as their lead actresses, Amy from actress Amy Adams and Samantha from Morton, but since she had to be re-casted at the last minute, the OS’s name stayed Samantha.