An analysis of her, based entirely on the movie poster

January 29, 2014 / by / 1 Comment

Oscars season is fast approaching. With the nominations released, the countdown has begun for when we’ll finally know what a bunch of elderly white men think of the movies that came out last year which movies we’ll go down in history as the greatest films of the past year. However, with this exciting time comes one major negative: having to listen to hours upon hours of commentary on films that you likely didn’t get to see. This can be frustrating, and sometimes downright infuriating. That’s where we come in. We here at National Ave want to make sure you’re able to have your own ill-formed opinions to shout at your friends and families, so we’ve done a full analysis of every film Oscar-nominated, and will be releasing two of these analyses every week until the Oscars on March 2nd.

There is a catch, though: Our analyses will be based exclusively on the movie posters. Watching things is hard (especially when you’re in important meetings all day discussing crucial issues, like explaining to your editor why you can’t just write actual movie reviews), so our analysis will stick to what can be seen in the posters.

For the first installment in this series, we’ll be tackling the media and hipster darling, her.

At first glance, the movie poster for her doesn’t seem provide much insight into the film. “There’s little there, so there’s little to expect,” right? Wrong, inner monologue that haunts my existence. It is because there is so little that we can gather so much, namely the following facts:

Joaquin Phoenix is a Woman

I think we all kind of knew it. Whether it was because of that odd string of interviews and appearances he did a couple years back, or the effeminate look of his mustache — the signs were all around us. However, Spike Jonze’ decision to capture the reveal of this moment in a feature-length documentary does bring an extra level of intrigue to this tale. The reward the audience receives in being able to see Phoenix finally accept his own identity and look forward to the rest of the world is almost certainly what has critics buzzing.

Joaquin Phoenix is Worried About You

Phoenix may be the one who has to come to terms with his own identity in this ground-breaking film, but he’s really most concerned about you. Just look at the way he’s looking at you. He’s worried. He understands that things may not be going the way you had hoped, and despite his own struggles, you’re on the forefront of his mind. Do you want to talk? He knows you think nobody can help, but he’d like the opportunity to try. How’s the job going? What about Janine? Are you two still seeing each other? Joaquin would really like to know. You can tell him anything.

Spike Jonze Falls in Love with Joaquin Phoenix

Despite the fact that her spends much of its run time as a revealing profile of a woman’s acceptance of herself, it is also a bit of a romance. Specifically, it is “A Spike Jonze Love Story.” As the film progresses, it seems that the movie’s director becomes smitten by the young lady’s strength and desire to grow, and cannot help but get involved with his subject. The romance moves forward aggressively, as symbolized by the deep red that covers the movie poster. In this romance, the audience learns more about Phoenix and Jonze, and gets to experience what it’s like to truly connect with someone. her is certainly a film about identity and acceptance, but it’s also just the beautiful story of a boy and a girl.

Spike Jonze may be an enigmatic, consummate filmmaker, but even he, like the audience, cannot help but fall in love with the lovely, strong Phoenix as she progresses down the road of womanhood.

In conclusion, her‘s story of love, acceptance, and empowerment will go down as one for the ages – making it a strong contender for Best Motion Picture at this year’s Oscars.