Film Review: Her. Written and Directed by Spike Jonze


Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johanssen, and Amy Adams.

Her is the story of Theodore Twombly (Phoenix) and his love affair with an operating system, Samantha (Johanssen’s voice). Included in the story are Theodore’s friend, portrayed by Adams, and Theodore’s ex, played by Rooney Mara. That’s about it. There are relationship ups and downs, typical. However, since the affair is between a human and, essentially, a computer, there are some unique challenges. Samantha and Theodore have sex, but it’s like phone sex. Samantha has no body, so they can’t touch. There’s an interesting scene with a body surrogate, which actually made me sad. There’s the inevitable scene where Theodore finds out that Samantha is not monogamous, as if an operating system can be such a thing, but it’s coupled with another scene. I wonder about that choice, that it was too much at one time.

Then there’s the end of the movie. It is not necessarily that I saw it coming, even though I did, but..I don’t know how to explain it. It felt hollow. Anyone who has ever been in a relationship that has ended, for whatever reason, recognizes that some relationships have only one purpose: to make you feel comfortable about yourself, your quirks and flaws, your body. They help you to gain confidence. Is that the point of the movie? Maybe, maybe not, but that’s what I got out of it.

I would watch it again, maybe not soon, though.


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