I WANT TO BE HERE
We just watched Spike Jonze’s film HER finally (way past overdue, I know) and I can’t express enough how much I loved this film on so many levels…let me count the ways. One, the futuristic vision of a world saturated in bold pops of neon, sun-kissed in a retro 70’s film stock style, adorned with midcentury furniture, and characters wearing un-ironic high-waisted pants, was impeccable. If the future is this stylish, sign me up. Two, the stellar performances of it’s stars Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson. Phoenix is soulful and soft-spoken, his expressions are subtle yet carry the emotional arch of the film. Johansson’s voice performance as the personalized, emotive operating system is beyond. She conveys a growth of emotion and knowledge over a condensed time period that seems insurmountable to perform using just your voice, yet it is heartbreaking and endearing, and quite possibly the year’s best romance. And then there is the office space Phoenix’s Theodore Twombly works in. In short, I want to be there. The multi-colored windows offering exciting peeks of hot pink and canary yellow, the inexplicable line drawing murals appearing in hidden corners, the wood bookcases housing pastel hardcovers, desks littered in soft pink folders, and leather Eames chairs…yum. If I could ever design my future dream office it would look like this.