Set in Los Angeles in the slight future, Her follows Theodore, a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people. Heartbroken after the end of a long relationship, he becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system, which promises to be an intuitive and unique entity in it...more
Set in Los Angeles in the slight future, Her follows Theodore, a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people. Heartbroken after the end of a long relationship, he becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system, which promises to be an intuitive and unique entity in its own right. Upon initiating it, he is delighted to meet Samantha, a bright, female voice who is insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny. As her needs and desires grow, in tandem with his own, their friendship deepens into an eventual love for each other. less
“Her combines thought provoking science fiction with a touching love story. Exemplary writing with poignant performances by Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson makes this film a must watch.”
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As Spike Jonze's beautifully mounted Her explores the loneliness that defines modern city living in an increasingly technology driven world, it falls in love with the very solitude that it tries to dissect and understand. Questioning ideas of where technology is leading the society to and the ideals on which mankind is evolving emotinally, Her is romanticises loneliness while making one ponder if we ourselves are respinsible for it.
Set in the not so distant future where every individual is having a torrid affair with their own personal gadget, Her esplores how Technology is all pervading, wearable and intrusive to the point that it cuts one off from another living being. It is no surprise then that our protagonist Joaquin Phoenix playing Theodore Twombly falls in love with the artificial intelligence voice of his OS, Samantha (played by Scarlett Johansson).
Like every new technology on the shelves, the OS promises to meet every single need of Theodore. As Theodore and Samantha interact, the latter evolves constantly, through “intuition” that very humane quality that has separated us from other living and non-living things on planet earth. As the film progresses, their relationship grows. From walks on the beach together or to the mall doing what real couples would do. As Samantha observes that she is “becoming more than what they had coded her to be”, the stark awkwardness of the situation hits you like a ton of bricks. On one hand is this man who is in love with an operating system. On the other is his neighbour played by Amy Adams, who creates video games that reinforce age old rules of parenting and caring for each other, simply put, reinforcing the lost art of being human.
Phoenix, as Theodore, is in fine form. Embodying a decency that forces you to overlook the weird oddity that his condition is, you root for him throughout. You feel his loneliness, the hollow emptiness that is consuming him from the inside even as he writes letters for people who wouldn’t care at BeautifulHandwrittenLetters.com (another very scathing comment on breaking social fabric).
Scarlett as Samantha is sexy, jovial, seductive friendly all in equal measure. She is just a vocal presence on the film, leaving Phoenix to do much of the emoting visually.
The film lovingly creates a world that is all too familiar, all too scary and saddening in a very warm way as well. In the end, you are elft with more questions than answers, about where we are headed as a people and where technology is leading us to. Watch this for sure this Valentines day weekend, it is the truely new way to look at love, longing and life.