Movie Review – Her (2013)

Official Synopsis: A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly purchased operating system that’s designed to meet his every need.

Wow this movie managed to capture some occurrences of love that are difficult to communicate in typical romance films where we get distracted by the physical interaction between both characters. It explored what love really is and some of the limitations it has.

I enjoyed the contrast of how two beings can experience love, an issue that I tend to discuss with friends. Meanwhile it tackles how two people can love and be loved, but need the love they receive to be given in a specific way.

Some of the limitations discussed are those we place on ourselves. For example, in a particular moment one of our characters wants the love to be exclusive but it becomes difficult for another to understand. Those are the types of dichotomies experienced in our current state of romantic affairs. Yet many people refuse to voice their opinions in pure form for fear of judgement.

The film also explored some issues that plague our current social culture. You would see our main character traverse streets, trains, and other social venues while the crowd around him all stares down lost in the void of their personal handheld device. Is that where we are headed? Some of the situations presented are akin to experiences between people who have long distance relationships nowadays with the aid of technology. On top of that, the reactions from other characters to the relationship are extremely similar to how people react to long distance e-romance in real life. Very little is taboo when the film explores themes of intimacy, exclusivity, and the sense of existence. It does an exemplary job dealing with the ideas it presents, and approaches them honestly and respectfully; even in the most uncomfortable moments.d

At the end of the day the film manages to propose a plausible future, where the technology presented is not that far-fetched. As a viewer I felt like they never shied away from the difficult themes to explore or the questions raised by the possibilities of this future. Joaquin Phoenix and the amazing voice acting by Scarlett Johansson make me believe every minute of the relationship embodied on film. A must watch.

Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Pratt

Directed by: Spike Jonze

MPAA Rating: R for language, sexual content and brief graphic nudity

Run Time: 126 min.

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