Her (2013)


Dave’s 3-Word Review:
Well. I’m conflicted.

This film was selected from ‘The 250

Guys, I have been hearing all about this Her movie that everyone was talking about, but I haven’t been able to see it until just recently. Some of you may also remember that this film won an Oscar for the most original screenplay, which I’ll say right now was well-deserved, and I didn’t think most of the awards were. So. There’s that. I still didn’t know too much about the plot though, if you were like me and thought he was literally talking to Apple’s Siri, that’s not correct – though Siri was most certainly an inspiration for the film. No, this was way more advanced, and the film is just phenomenal…and so…weird!

It centers on Joaquin Phoenix, who plays Theodore, a recently separated man going through the process of divorce…but he’s not quite ready to sign the papers. Instead, he writes letters to strangers for a living with advanced technology, and then goes home to sulk in depression and loneliness. When a new operating system is released with artificial intelligence, he immediately buys it and befriends an entity known as Samantha, whom he eventually falls in love with, and she him. As the film progresses, it goes through your typical romantic obstacles, but through the unique perspective of technology advancements.

Like I said before. I. am. Conflicted. This movie made me feel so uncomfortable because this could happen in real life. We have made so many advancements that I totally believe this is possible in the near future and it is terrifying. Not so much in a Terminator way, but almost like in a playing God way. Heck even playing around, I talk to Siri from time to time. She isn’t artificially intelligent or anything, but intelligent enough for me to believe this film as a near future. Man it was weird to see this guy fall in love with that machine, and again, weird because we could live to see the day where that actually happens. Think about the next generation of civil rights…eek.

Anyways, I actually didn’t know this was done by Spike Jonze until the credits rolled. Pretty impressive if you ask me. The way he handled depression, loneliness, and desperation was spot on. We’re all human, and I think we can all agree that Joaquin did more than a phenomenal job at representing emotion. I can’t really see him and Rooney Mara together, not even Scarlett Johansson or Olivia Wilde, or heck – any of the women in the film, but he plays it so naturally and so human. I love his look too, it’s just enough to be memorable, creepy, and fitting in the most normal of ways. He’s a weird, emotional, and kind of feminine dude, and his appearance mirrored exactly that.

This is the most obscure film. I’m not even joking, but it makes you think. Hard. It feels weird to even watch something like this, but at the same time you can’t look away because it’s so good. It’s a coming-of-age film which I’m not always a fan of, but when you have such a winning concept as this, I’m game for just about anything. Wow. What a movie.

The Good:

Honestly, there’s very little to say badly about Her. It has a winning concept, and an unescapable ability to make you question the world as it is now, and how far it will be thirty years from now. The fact that we may live to see the world turn into something like this is both fascinating and terrifying at the same time – and Joaquin did a remarkable job leading the film. Most of the time he’s just looking at the camera and talking and it is mesmerizing.

The Bad:

The whole concept, as incredible as it is, may simply just be too weird for some people. Also, because there was so many different areas that it could have explored, it’s easily liable to upset people who had expectations. Like – will it go the Bicentennial Man, create a robot, and insert the mind into a body that looks like Scarlett Johansson? It’s not quite that sci-fi, sorry. It tries to play realism as much as possible, so try to keep an open mind while watching.

Memorable Quote:

Theodore: I’ve never loved anyone the way I loved you.

Samantha: Me too. Now we know how.

3 thoughts on “Her (2013)

  1. I’m in total agreement with this review. Her is not a bad film but watching it depressed me because I kept thinking about the future and how what I saw on screen might actually happen in reality someday. It is, like you said, fascinating and terrifying at the same time!


  2. Absolutely loved this movie. Wish Jonze made more movies, but I guess the longer it takes him to get something done, the better it turns out. Clearly that’s the case. Good review Dave.


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