Hello dear lovebirds, I hope your Valentine’s Day was lovely and full of happiness, whether that was on your own, or with a loved one.
Today I am going to be talking about a movie that might become all too real in the near future – Her, starring Joaquin Phoenix.
Theodore Twombly, an introvert writer, buys an Artificial Intelligence system to help him write. However, amazed by the AI’s ability to learn and adapt, he falls in love with it.
Her explores a near future of our world where people are falling in love with an artificial intelligence on their phones, and the life people live when that is the case.
Before I dive into the social commentary the movie has, I want to mention two things first. The acting and the look and feel of the movie itself.
The movie is rather slow paced and tame. There really isn’t much action, but I never felt bored. I never felt like the movie was dragging on, because it’s a romantic movie. You fall in love with the characters as they fall in love together. We are there for their highs and their lows, and we get to see a beautiful relationship blossom.
One character happens to be a human male, the other a cell phone being carried around in a shirt pocket.
It wouldn’t be a romantic movie without the struggle between the two love interests. The thing that puts their relationship on trial. The event that either makes it or breaks it.
Except in this movie, when the main character’s reality crumbles before his eyes, we feel it too. We feel his pain and his sorrow, but we aren’t surprised. We knew it was going to happen, but we needed the emotional trauma regardless.
The look of the movie is also brilliant. Most movies have a style. They have a color palette they follow, a style to the characters, but Her seems to capture it perfectly.
The colors are muted for the most part, but not bland. They look great, and the odd moments of colors popping to the foreground complement the whole vision, and make it come to life.
In terms of the larger social commentary, Her speaks to the addiction we all have to our devices. Our society almost requires them, and I think Her is going to become a reality to an extent.
I don’t know if we will be at the same point, but we have all heard stories of people marrying sex robots and falling love with fake women.
What’s to say your phone won’t be the next thing we fall in love with? Sure, it won’t advance our evolutionary prospects, but in a world where people are having a hard time finding that true love, maybe their phone will be the thing that we fall in love with.
Do you think people will fall in love with their phones? I wouldn’t be opposed if Scarlett Johansson was the voice of my Siri. Let’s talk about it on social media!
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