‘Her’ will go down as the one of the strangest and weirdest films that I have ever seen. The premise of a man from the near-future falling in love with the Artificial Intelligence of his computer Operating System was completely different to begin with. But after actually watching the film, that is really just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to ‘Her’.
Spike Jonze crafted a rather interesting take on societies current addiction to social media and how we, as humans, currently interact with our technology. That is truly the highlight of ‘Her’, forcing us to look into ourselves to see if this is in fact something that could happen to any one of us in the future.
Joaquin Phoenix does a wonderful job of playing a man struggling to deal with his personal life and the emotions that stem from it. Phoenix has always been known for being somewhat quirky himself, so he really was a perfect fit in the main role of Theodore Twombly.
In a quite surprisingly emotional role, we also find Scarlett Johansson, playing the voice of the Artificial Intelligence that the lead character falls in love with. From tentative wonder when first activated, all the way through finding “herself”, Johansson, through her voice alone, brings a character that you never see to life.
In the end, ‘Her’ does a great job of telling a new take on a love story, all while delving into commentary on our current reliance on technology and social media. While the film gets a little odd at times, it does so all in the name of telling its story.
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