Friday, January 31, 2014


I have been looking forward to seeing the Spike Jonze film Her ever since I saw ads for it while I was in the States in December.  Belinda and I headed to the Kino after work tonight for an early evening showing.  The film is set in a slightly futuristic Los Angeles and follows Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), a lonely man going through a divorce who decides to purchase an advanced operating system (OS) similar to Siri on iPhones but with an intuitive artificial intelligence.  The OS names herself Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johansson) and soon she and Theodore's interactions evolve from a friendship to a romantic relationship.

The movie is touching and very well acted by Phoenix and Johansson.  I absolutely loved the aesthetic of this film from its use of color, the cinematography, and deconstructed costume design (the men's high-waisted pants are somewhat ridiculous but totally work).  The shots of people walking around the city talking to their OSes was a bit of a glimpse into the future- a together but alone state that some may argue we are already living in.  It's a very thought-provoking film which I cannot recommend highly enough.

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