Jake Tapley

I have been waiting a long time for a movie like “Her.” And I mean exactly like it.

I’m starting to think that emotional dramas embedded with an element of science fiction or fictionalized reality are my weakness.

From acclaimed director Spike Jonze – think “Where the Wild Things Are” or “Being John Malkovich” or basically any great alternative music video to come out in the last 20 years – comes a touching story of a man who falls in love with an artificially-intelligent operating system.

A story that makes its way into my list of quintessential movies about the human condition or, in this case, about love and how it relates to the human condition.

Okay, so I haven’t actually assembled a list. But you get the idea.

With great performances from Joaquin Phoenix as the introverted protagonist, Amy Adams as the struggling artist and friend of the protagonist, and Scarlett Johansson as the voice of the operating system, the movie acts as a vessel of emotion.

What really stands out in “Her,” though, is the compelling script, screenplay and directorial authority.

Don’t get me wrong – the cast was perfect for the movie. However, like other movies of its type – think Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind or Lost in Translation – the film is most accredited by all of its components working together to make a work of art.

Set in the not-so-distant future, “Her” is the type of movie I would like to see more of in the not-so-distant future.