Movie Review: Her (2013)

her_xlgWhat it’s about: A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly purchased operating system that’s designed to meet his every need.

Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

Rating: 15

Starring: Jaoquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Pratt

Director: Spike Jonze

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Review: Although this film is up for 2 Oscars, I haven’t really heard much hype about it. I was highly sceptical at first, the plot of the film just seemed a bit… I don’t know… Something. It just seemed off to me so I was in no rush to see it but after it finished I was absolutely blown away. You know they tell you not to judge a book by it’s cover? Well, don’t. Her is set in the future and Theodore Twombly is going through a divorce. He is at a very vulnerable time in his life when he unexpectedly falls in love with his Operating System (a future version of Siri for the iPhone but much more technologically advanced). The story follows Theodore and Samantha’s (the OS) relationship, the highs, the lows and whether it is possible to have a loving and meaningful relationship with something/someone that you can’t physically see.

At first, I thought Theodore was going to be really weird. I know that’s a pretty generalized statement but like, who the heck falls in love with a computer? I automatically thought he was going to be a creep but I was wrong on so many different levels. He was humble, tender and extremely likeable. You begin to understand how much of an effect his imminent divorce is having on him and the way he struggles with human communication so you really do feel for him. When Samantha comes along, he really opens up and lets his true self shine through. He becomes more confident and happier and that can only be a good thing. Samantha’s voice is played by Scarlett Johansson and you really can understand why he falls for her. She is charming, funny, bubbly and yes, I know she’s a computer but that’s the whole point of the story isn’t it? Amy Adams plays Theodore’s friend and she’s beautiful – as always. I liked her character because she was very understanding, soft and gentle and it was a nice contrast from her role in American Hustle.

This film definitely gives a good representation of what the future of technology is going to look like. It’s adapting and growing every single day so I feel it’s not going to be long until we are able to have genuinely realistic conversations with our computers or phones. That being said, it makes me wonder whether this is something that could actually happen in the future? I definitely wouldn’t rule it out completely. This was far from your typical, predictable romance story and although at this point in time, Theodore and Samantha’s relationship was unconventional, ridiculous and unrealistic, it was so so beautiful. I don’t cry at romances, heck, I don’t even like romances but this was different and there was something about this film that touched emotions and heart strings I never knew I had.

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