Her (2013) Review.

This film was well deserving of the Oscar it received for “Best Original Screenplay”. It is by far the most original and unique film I’ve seen for a long time. Written and Directed by Spike Jonze.

The plot centres around a lonely man named Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) in the process of getting divorced. He buys the new OS1, which is advertised as the world’s first artificially intelligent operating system, it is described that “It’s not just an operating system, it’s a consciousness,”. The OS names herself Samantha (Scarlett Johansson) and the film explores their relationship.

I think that “Her” was a really interesting view into how people connect. It’s incredibly thought provoking and has a really interesting perspective on love and relationships. Although parts of it are sad, this is not a miserable film. The cinematography is beautiful and Joaquin Phoenix brings a brilliant performance.

The film works as a realistic, believable romance, “To have an intimate relationship with somebody requires a leap of faith,” says Jonze. “Even after years you don’t really ever know how they see or think about the world. Our subjectivity is so completely our own.”. The film also works as a satirical commentary on the way in which technology connects everyone to the world but also isolates us from real human contact.

This was my favourite of the films I watched for my personal ‘Oscars Challenge’.

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Arthur C. Clarke

Author: emilysteelefilm

Filmmaker, Writer, Feminist.

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