My husband and I went to see Spike Jonze's Her, which is an incredible movie that I enjoyed immensely. It's different, unique and funny.
Set in Los Angeles in the near future, the story follows Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), who makes his living writing cards and letters for other people. Still heartbroken over the break-up of his marriage, Theo becomes interested in a new artificially intelligent operating system (OS) of his computer. Upon activating his OS, he meets Samantha (Scarlett Johansson), a bright, female voice who is eerily close to real.
She makes Theo laugh, becomes jealous when he meets his ex-wife, is surprisingly down-to-earth and can organise his emails. She even goes on a double date with Theo and his friends. Their relationship grows and they end up falling in love. However, just like any other relationships, this one also has its ups and downs.
This is not your usual love story. It's a love story about a man and his computer in a world that brilliantly depicts how we actually live and may soon live.
Head to a food court in a shopping centre for example, how many people are sitting with their friends, but are glued to the screen of their smartphones?
Take the bus and look around. How many people are tapping, scrolling or swiping on their smartphones? Interaction with other humans in the same space is almost non-existent nowadays in some places.
In Her, you see people going about their daily activities with their earpiece, talking to unseen listeners. Here, interpersonal communication does not exist. Scarily similar isn't it?
Joaquin Phoenix is exceptional, as are Scarlett Johansson and Amy Adams, who plays Theo's friend. They each convey the emotions superbly, and I even found myself relating to them, even though the circumstances may be worlds apart.
Her is thought-provoking, ingenious and just outstanding with parts of the movie that are disturbingly spot-on. You catch a glimpse of the future which is subtlety rendered in the film making it incredibly realistic. It also explores the subject of what makes us human and stresses the significance of technology, as well as offering insights into our reliance on technology today.
There were parts that dragged on and I found myself looking at the time wondering when the movie would end. Mind you, I was jetlagged and a little tired. Having said that, I really enjoyed it and I'm sure many of you will too. So check it out!