Spike Jonzes your was a breathtaking portrait of what it’s like to be alone.
We knew Spike Jonze was a great director, but when he finally sat down to write his first solo screenwriter, we saw his true voice come to life. Jonze got the idea in the early 2000s after reading an article about a website that enabled instant messaging with an artificial intelligence program. From there he started writing the script that became your.
This cinematic masterpiece follows a near future greeting card writer who falls in love with the artificial intelligence in his phone. With stunning performances by Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson, this story is a tender and intimate look at the very core of human desire; Loneliness and connectedness.
Check out the video from Cine structure about the story and feel of this movie, and let’s talk after the jump.
How your Captured a cinematic look at loneliness
When you go to the movies, you are usually surrounded by other people. Even if you buy a ticket and go alone, there is almost always someone else there. The cinema experience is based on being with other people.
So how can you make a film about loneliness work?
your is a miracle of human emotions. It is a film that can make you empathetic and help you identify with a very lonely character, no matter how many people you are close to. It takes a look at what we all want: connection.
Part of the way the movie hides this is that it shows us the very near future. The world is like our own and so lulls us into a relaxed state. It doesn’t show us loneliness either. We see a guy who has an average day – trying to get in touch with people at work, online, and while playing video games. We see someone who is among people but isolated.
This digs into all of our subconscious and our fears. We begin to see the loneliness and recognize it as well as the character. That perspective actually allows the whole premise of the film to work. When we think, “How can someone fall in love with a phone?” The film answers that question by showing us how isolated life can be without even having a bad life. We’re on our character’s side right away – we want them to find someone, and we’re okay with that person being a voice on the phone.
When our character is left late in the second act, we see loneliness return quickly and with full vigor. We put the pillars in place at the beginning of the movie so that when it comes back the feeling can take over. Of course, the character arc here learns how to deal with a breakup and how to move on, but the focus is on a movie about how it’s okay to feel alone. It is a universal pain that makes us stretch out.
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