Written and directed by Spike Jonze, “Her” is a surprisingly heart-touching film that takes you on a journey through the life of an ordinary writer who unexpectedly falls in love with his operating system.
When I went to see the movie, I was skeptic. The whole idea of Jonze’s plot line sounded a little bit far-fetched and creepy. The thought of falling in love with something as simple as an operating system seems too futuristic, but as the movie progresses the idea becomes more and more believable.
The opening scenes follow around Theodore Twombly, played by Joaquin Phoenix, as he goes through his everyday life as a love-letter writer. Phoenix portrayed the character in such a way that the audience truly finds a connection to him, and soon his world is relatable enough as to where everyone can truly understand exactly how he fell in love.
The relationship between Phoenix and his operating system, narrated by Scarlett Johansson, is just as real as any relationship between two people. The only thing that is missing for them would be the sense of touch.
As the movie goes on, the characters change and so does their relationship. Soon Phoenix realizes that he can’t carry on a relationship with a machine that can fall in love with just about anyone she talks to. When the movie comes to an end, all of the operating systems decide to shut off for good, leaving the relationship between the two characters at it’s conclusion.
As weird as it was, “Her” still managed to give everyone a look into what the future could be. The movie helped to show how relationships and their values have and will continue to change over time. The story managed to represent the idea of love in an extremely different but still amazing way.
Though I would give the movie two thumbs up, it is a movie directed towards more mature audience, and it might be a little awkward to go watch it with your parents. Despite that, “Her” is definitely a movie you won’t want to miss.