Her – A Review

 

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Welcome to when the mood strikes movie review. I thought the plot of this movie was fascinating and would like to share my thoughts with y’all.

Her – written and directed by Spike Jonze, released in 2013.

The movie set in the  not too distant future where a socially isolated, soon-to-be divorced white man, Theodore Twombly, purchases a sentient Operating System (OS).  Theodore, deftly played by Joaquin Phoenix, soon builds an emotional attachment to the OS named ‘Samantha’ (voiced by Scarlett Johansson). Through a series of shared events, the pair decide to become a dating couple.  Apparently it happens a lot in this future world and the lack of a physical presence of one partner leads to an interesting surrogate scene. Sorry, I’m not spoiling it for you – go watch the movie and you’ll understand.  The relationship between man and OS while unique, did seem to help both parties and the ending was the logical conclusion to this relationship.  I don’t care if you have feelings for your laptop – a human to human relationship is the endpoint .

The movie premise of an intelligent OS is quite compelling. Think of how much tech influences your daily life today. How many time have you researched an item you are thinking of buying only to find ads popping up with the same item on websites completely unrelated to your search.  How many times have you read articles on ways to improve your on-line presence? How many social media accounts to you update and interact with regularly? How many blogs do you read verses newspapers?  You can really run down a rabbit hole thinking about the role of social media & technology in modern life.  We have come so far in breaking down physical and technological barriers that have long prevented groups of people from exploring and communicating with the larger world via technology.  At the same time, it can easily isolate us from everyday contact while we are engaging online with people across the globe.  There is a fine balance that needs tuning often when managing real life with an online presence.

Despite the speculative nature of this movie, I would jump at the chance to own a sentient OS and here is why –  The OS would most likely be your only constant champion in this modern world.  An example from the movie highlights this point.  Samantha independently contacts a publishing firm sharing with them love letters written by Theodore.  The publishers loved the material and responded with a request for publishing rights. Every writers dream, I am sure.  Wouldn’t it be awesome to have a champion in your corner who is seeking out these avenues while you’re busy trying to survive life? Sometimes we are the lucky ones with such a person in our lives and sometimes we never meet that person during our lifetime. Life is so very fickle, why not engineer a technology to fill this gap?

Wow, okay, I wandered into the weeds with this review. The plot is layered and provided so much food for thought as I streamed it on Amazon Prime.  In some ways, I feel this movie is a very positive peek into our future and a gentle warning – take time to step away from tech and look at life around you; if you don’t like what you see, you have the technology to change it.

Go out and watch this movie. Let me know your thoughts in the comment section.

 

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  • Tania

    I like a movie when days later I’m still thinking about various plot points. Agree with you on the virtual-ness of our interactions these days. As long as you don’t call me Samantha, I think we will be okay.

    🙂

    • Dale Light

      I’m sorry Samantha. I’ve discovered this wonderful place called the “Real World”. I’ve made lots of friends and we interact face to face. The sensory input is overwhelming. It’s amazing. Once again, I’m sorry, but I’ve moved on.

  • Dale Light

    Saw this recently on a long, long plane ride. It left me with a lot of food for thought, especially about how much of our social interaction these days consists of disembodied voices and messages. Sorta like this.