Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), is a lonely man who is in the process of finalizing his divorce from his separated wife, Catherine (Rooney Mara). Theodore is a professional writer, who composes thoughtful letters, on behalf of clients, for birthdays, anniversaries, and occasions like that.
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When a new talking operating system with artificial intelligence is released to the market, Theodore gives it a try. After a quick installation and customization to match his personality, a new OS with a female voice is created. Samantha (voice of Scarlett Johansson), as she named herself in a second, has a charming personality. Designed as to be available 24/7 for Theodore, she is full of questions, and a thirst to learn and grow. As Samantha starts to become more complex, her relationship with Theodore stars to take another path. One where their relationship starts to seem, and feel real. As real as any other relationship between a man and a woman.
Written, directed, and produced by Spike Jonze (Adaptation, Where the Wild Things Are, Being John Malkovich) [Her](movie:404573), is very original, which is something that we haven’t seen in films for a long time. Beyond its credible look to the very near future, it’s a love story. The relationship, and the feelings that develop between Theodore and Samantha are not far away from the way we interact online. Theodore finds in Samantha what he can’t find in the “real” world. Someone who is there for him. Someone who makes him feel loved. Someone who understands him, and what he is going through.
The movie raises questions as to what makes us human, and what distinguishes human, and artificial intelligence when they both function in a very similar, and almost identical way. Questions that might rise in the near future due the rapid advance in technology. A future Samantha is not so far away. Our future interaction with technology will seem like the plot of a Sci-Fi movie.
Another theme hinted at in Her, is that technology might have many positives, but it might work in a negative way as well. The dependence on a technology specially designed to fulfill our needs for human connection, might alienate us from the imperfect human interactions and relationships that we need to thrive.
Joaquin Phoenix, as always, gives a brilliant performance. He seems genuinely sweet, melancholic, and sensitive. After his phenomenal performance in Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master, Phoenix proves that his acting ability isn't limited by genre.
Even though she wasn't the first choice for the part, Scarlett Johansson transforms an inherently limiting role, and brings to life a sweet and authentic feminine character. Her sexy and warm voice contributes, as well, to Samantha’s charming character.
Why To Watch It
1. For the originality of the story.
2. For Phoenix’s and Johansson’s great performances. (And for the rest of the cast, which contains the very talented Amy Adams.)
3. Because you are a fan of the movies that Jonze directs.
4. You want to watch a very realistic Sci-Fi movie, that doesn’t show people from the future wearing uniforms and taking rides in their flying cars.
5. You want to watch something romantic and sweet.
Why to Not Watch It
1. Because you treble at the idea, that in the future, high-waisted pants will be in fashion.
2. “A guy in love with his computer? That’s ridiculous!” you think, while you stare into your computer screen and “canoodle” yourself with the illegal porn that you downloaded.
3. You’re so macho that you make Chuck Norris look like a fifth grade school girl.
4. Sci-Fi is not your thing.
5. You watched the whole movie because you thought that you would see the gorgeous Scarlett Johansson.
What do you think about the movie? Does it seem interesting? If you have seen it, what are your thoughts on it? Leave a comment bellow.
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