‘Her’ may be a glimpse into our future. Technology is taking over every aspect of our lives. We no longer talk to each other, we only communicate through texting, social media and email.
Couples are glued to their smartphones instead of interacting with each other. People rather play with their phones than be there in the moment. Rarely do they pick up the phone to chat anymore. We’ve even developed a fear of talking on the phone! This flick takes this to a whole new level.
Spike Jonze directs us into a cyber love story set in LA, not too far into the future. And man, the fashion is more like the 50’s than anything close to “futuristic.” What’s with the porn star mustache? But I digress. Where were we? Right, Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) is a hopeless romantic of some sort. He works as a love letter writer. Apparently, people no longer write in the future, so they hire someone to do it. But Theodore is a heartbroken man after a sad separation with his wife Catherine (Rooney Mara).
On a shopping trip, he comes across a new operating system. Sound familiar? He buys this new operating system called OS1. He goes home and sets it up. A female voice introduces herself, similar to a certain “Siri.” But her name is Samantha (Scarlett Johansson). They interact with each other constantly. And eventually, the inevitable happens. They fall in love. Yup, Theodore falls in love with his OS. A computer voice. I’m sure many people have fallen in love with their “Siri” in the privacy of their own mind! Theodore rather “date” a computer than another human being. How sad.
The movie follows the relationship, how it can be done. They even engage in sex. Boy, it was weird and awkward. And at times, silly. I’m thinking, does he feel stupid for telling people he’s dating an OS?! It screams pathetic. The love between Theodore and Samantha made me uncomfortable. Mostly because I was thinking, could this be the future?! I hope not. We’re all socially isolated as it is these days. Thanks Apple! I just couldn’t believe this guy was really in love with his OS. Honestly, I felt kind of insulted as a human. But in the end, turns out an OS is just as human as the rest of us. And it was a rude awakening for Theodore. He learned it the hard way.
‘Her’ hits select theaters on December 18. Everywhere on January 10, 2014. Runs 126 min. Rated R.