It's very odd how much The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her gets
right that Him just can't measure up to. I'm not sure whether it's
because I watched it second, but it's way more clumsily executed. While
it does pay off a lot of things set up in Her (and I imagine it'll work
vice versa) when it offers an alternate perspective on a scene, that's
its only strength. Where Her approached sappiness with its insights on
romance, Him too often breaches that mark. It's a more lightweight
film, which comes with its own delights with Bill Hadar and that
subplot, but moments which elicited tears in Her revisited here had
little effect. I'm sure that's not a case of diminishing returns.
McAvoy is reliably great, not quite as good as Chastain in Her, but
again he bolsters the material. The problem with this portion of the
pair is that it paints Eleanor Rigby in a very unappealing light, one I
hadn't even considered with Her. Here, I don't see why he's chasing her
so much. Nevertheless, Him is still a very good film for when it does
hit the spot, just doesn't match its counterpart.
A woman and man seemingly so in love finds their marriage is shaken to the core when life throws them a devastating curve. Now this New York couple must try to understand each other as they cope with loss and attempt to reclaim the life and love they once had.
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