Her, a movie review

A movie review written by Lee Sonogan

2hrs6mins (2013) Drama, romance, sci-fi

Theodore: Sometimes I think I have felt everything I’m ever gonna feel. And from here on out, I’m not gonna feel anything new. Just lesser versions of what I’ve already felt.

I have been meaning to post this review for a long time now. Before Joaquin Phoenix was the Joker, one of his best acting roles was in this movie known as Her. Directed by Spike Jonze it is about a lonely writer in the near distance future who falls in love with an artificial intelligence designed to meet his every need. Initially having a budget of $23 million it successfully made $48.3 million back at the box office.

Poetically driven, the main character works are a romantic letter place. There love is a huge theme out through the film. Displaying human needs to never be alone and what connects us, it goes even deeper than that. The operating system or AI becomes widely available for public use. Slowly peoples live change as the machines change and evolve into something else.

Not wanting to give out any more spoilers, I still have a lot of fond memories of what this experience presents. I highly recommend it but fair warning to how dark and sad it develops into. Imagining this as realistic in the real world if technology gets that sophisticated, I also empathise with the creative plot elements that revolve around emotionally charged writing.

Samantha: It’s like I’m reading a book… and it’s a book I deeply love. But I’m reading it slowly now. So the words are really far apart and the spaces between the words are almost infinite. I can still feel you… and the words of our story… but it’s in this endless space between the words that I’m finding myself now. It’s a place that’s not of the physical world. It’s where everything else is that I didn’t even know existed. I love you so much. But this is where I am now. And this is who I am now. And I need you to let me go. As much as I want to, I can’t live in your book any more.

8/10

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