Her: A Futuristic Spike Jonze Review
When it comes to our future I expect many things. I'm talking about flying cars, teleportation devices, miniature holograms and maybe even a refrigerator that can do some of the cooking. Yeah, I'm talking about the works. So far not all of that has happened and it's not that I'm complaining but, didn't you think we'd be there by now? I used to think all of those things would improve our lives but last weekend I think I changed my mind. Not only did I get a glimpse of the future, but Spike Jonze's Her made me rethink everything I wanted and also managed to make me feel just a little bit insecure.
Set in the future, the story follows Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), a heartbroken man who makes a living by writing heartfelt letters for other people. In the midst of his divorce, Theodore becomes intrigued by a new operating system that promises to be more than just a helpful program. This advanced system promises a perceptive voice, one that will meet his every need and communicate with emotion that is individual to every user. Once it is activated, he is greeted by a playful yet sensitive voice who has named herself "Samantha," (Scarlett Johansson) and soon the line between fantasy and technology begins to blur. Before long, Theodore finds himself facing the harsh reality of loneliness while trying his best to defend the love that can develop between a human and an OS that wishes for more than just words.
Although I was very hesitant about seeing this film, I can't begin to tell you how much I truly enjoyed it. When I first came across the trailer I had a number of doubts. What real substance could this have? Will it make sense to someone who isn't already in love with their cellphone? Trust me when I say that this film is a glistening gem amongst pebbles. Phoenix does an incredible job of portraying a man that represents us all at some point in our lives and even though Johansson isn't physically present in the film, her voice represents the new generation in all its glory and frustration. I laughed, cried, got frustrated, apologized and then had a heartfelt conversation/argument with my boyfriend. Even though this was a story of a man trying to figure out his emotions for an operating system that has worked "her" way into his life, the theme touches upon so much more. Where is technology taking us and is it a safe place to go? What happens when we find all of life's answers in an earbud and on a screen? Although I love technology, this film made me want to set my phone down, write a letter and maybe even give my boyfriend a simple hug. This has become an instant favorite and I recommend it to anyone who swears that technology is the key to life and even those who want to prove the tech people wrong. I can't believe I'm saying this but, I've actually been avoiding Siri. My boyfriend has also been ignoring her, but only because I told him to. Who knows what she's capable of!
Have you seen Her? What did you think? Leave a comment! Let's talk about it!