Note: This movie is a lot more sexually explicit than the trailers have been letting on. While that’s not a problem for me, or for a lot of people, if you don’t like sexually explicit content, this movie might not be for you. On with the review.
When I reviewed Blue is the Warmest Colour for my own blog (an absolutely fascinating movie that, for reasons I won’t go into, did not appear on my top 10), I lamented the fact that it was nearly 3 hours long, but was focused entirely on a single romance, without anything in the way of subplots or side characters, which made it feel overlong and slow. If I’d seen Her at that point, I’d have been able to point to it as a counter example. Her is almost entirely devoted to a single relationship at the center, but it populates the rest of it’s plot with a creative, unique world and interesting side characters, which helps it feel much more alive and engaging.