film review

Her

16.2.14

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Set in the Los Angeles of the slight future, the story follows lonely writer Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people. Heartbroken after the end of a long relationship, he feels the void of something missing from his life and with it, he becomes emtionally attached to an advanced operating system designed to meet his every need.


I know what you’re thinking, it sounds weirdly-awkward, but is it that far away from reality? How many people have felt un-fulfilled in their lives and gone out and bought the latest Apple product, in the hope it will make them feel better about everything. It’s no different with our character Theodore, he drastically wants something to change but has no idea how to humanly connect with anyone anymore. It’s a lonely film, but with it comes a lot of beauty in the way that it’s shot, the location and even the set design. It could well be set in the near future (without the tack of typical Sc-Fi), it’s ultimately got a unique style that feels timeless.

It’s a timely story on more than one level. It won’t be long before advanced AI can simulate that of several human attributes, such as characteristics and emotions. It clearly has something to say about how dependant we are as society with our technological devices. Not just that, but how despondent we’ve become to people as a whole.

There’s some great supporting cast here too, Amy Adam’s plays Theodore’s best friend, who has grown up with him. Olivia Wilde drops in briefly and Rooney Mara plays Theodore’s Ex-Wife and pops up in the occasional flashback.



RS

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