Sundance 2010 Review: Spike Jonze’s I’M HERE

Rusty Gordon

by: Rusty Gordon
January 22nd, 2010

Spike Jonze's latest short, I'M HERE, may have just premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, but it's already on the list of things that are beautiful. It offers dream-perfect moments to fall in love with and it has a poignant, relatable quality that comes from the short aptly displaying the penetrating, affirming love that we all desire.

The short is about two robots that fall in love, in a world where robots and humans co-exist. The world the robotic lovers inhabits looks like our modern world. We get no explanation or back story for the co-habiation of robots and humans. And it's not set in the future; it is a piece of the imagination from wonderful filmmaker Jonze, who has the visual talent to match his sincerity.

I'M HERE has the feel of an extended music video. The film has several sequences where the expressive eyes of our micro-chipped love birds and music does quite the poetic job of conveying the mood and emotions of the scene, as words are often not needed.

I'M HERE is a short that many were immediately interested in, simply due to the man that directed it. Well, there should be no disappointment here (T.I.P., totally intented pun). Expect to swoon all over this brief love story worthy of your affection.

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