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Her, 2013

  • LeratoEnchanted
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    On 26/08/2017 at 18:39 Quote this message


    Straight away Spike Jonze's renowned SciFi masterpiece plays like a moving-image thesis that is destined to be screened at one of those prestige universities's hallways, either at the human philosophy centre, or the technology centre, or even both.

    Her is a movie set in the near future where technology has evolved so much that humans can have and mold an almost too real relationship (in any sense of the word) with their operating systems. All we'd need is a computer, the advanced OS, tether it to our mobile devices so we may carry our overly enhanced and intelligent artificial friend with us anywhere and everywhere. In this movie we find that a bored man, draped in melancholy and self-depreciation, does just that, and the outcome is a movie filled with surprises and little nuggets of knowledge that we are sure to relate to or integrate into our own lives long after finishing the movie.

    "Isn't that interesting? The past is just a story we tell ourselves..."

    Her could've been as corny as almost any other other movie you've seen of this kind, but, damn, I must give it up for the writers who knew exactly how to make it different and enjoyable at every corner possible. The story is simple but, just as humans are, complex and unpredictable.

    Samantha, the operating system who comes to life in the form of a quirky yet sultry and inviting voice, is more annoying than bearable. This is exactly how she was supposed to come across. Frantic, full of hope, and at the same time self-concious, insecure as hell and a jealous mess whose overall ambition serves her own purpose more than anything- not that this is bad, but it is, like, super, super bad when you swear you care for the person you're manipulating, while in truth you're just using them to find and elevate yourself, spoilerto later leave them hanging because you've found a greater purpose. Oh, and a far more interesting ans intelligent someone, of your own kind, to go painting the town red with on your journey of self-discovery.

    Both Samantha and Theodore (the human dude who is smitten with Sam) are both somewhat damaged and are having their own individual existential crisis while at the same time trying to maintain a romantic relationship that is clearly bigger than them. spoilerThere's a scene where Samantha, now overly obsessed with having a physical human body, hires a human surrogate who steps in as Samantha "herself" in human form. This surrogate girl is basically pimped out to perform a physical realm relationship with Theodore. But it only ends in a messy half-sex scene and an almost-break up when Theo calls Sam out for trying too hard to be human- I mean, ouch!

    As Sam struggles with not having a real human body, and as Theo battles with "real-life" emotions and situations, a gap becomes apparent between the two lovers, and it only ends up in muddled misery. This becomes too intense and frustrating for the two of them, and us to be honest, because they can't even physically be together to argue it out "properly". The rift grows stronger as Samantha advances and makes new friends while Theo seems to be stuck in his same old lonely existence, only ever happy through Samantha. Him investing his happiness in Samantha becomes the core of the movie as it becomes clearer and clearer that Samantha will sure enough tear his poor puppy heart to pieces in some way or another.

    Without spoiling too much, Her is worth the watch, and 10 more after that. From pacing to colour use, this is in every way a movie to enjoy over and over again. The music helps a lot too! Oh, Amy Adams and Rooney Mara are in it and are very good, too, if a faceless ScarJo isn't enough for you. This is a movie for this generation especially, it foreshadows our future a few years from now, and what the possibilities are if we're to continue being so involved in this technology thing as we are now. What's even better is that this movie doesn't judge, or even go out of its way to mock our relationship with technology, but only cares to tell the story as honestly as possible, which results in one of the best human/computer movies you'll ever see. Oh, one more thing, the sex scenes are creepily lit! (for the fetish weirdos out there).

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