Her Review: My Eyes Are Still Pixelated

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Her is a masterpiece of a rom-com that blends science fiction into the genre better than any film since Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

We meet the lonely Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix), a man who is avoiding calls from his lawyer about divorce papers, as he reads aloud a love letter he wrote for another couple’s 50th wedding anniversary. Her takes place ever so slightly in the future. Instead of greeting cards, people hire writers to articulate their love on a more personal level. Theodore is a passionate man when it comes to writing, but that’s where it seems his passion stops.

His social life is all but dead, and the only thing he really talks to is a monotone computer resting in his ear that connects to an iPhone type device. But there’s always an upgrade.

This new technology gives your personal operating system human qualities. Calling herself “Samantha” (the voice of Scarlett Johansson), she charms Theodore into a relationship.

The genius of Herhowever, is that he’s not the only one. People using this new technology seem to be starting relationships with it/them at a startling rate.

“Do you think my relationship is real?” Theodore asks his friend Amy (Amy Adams). “I don’t know, do you?” she replies. This is a question the film smartly never answers. Who is Spike Jonze to make such a statement about what can and cannot be in love anyway?

What the director does do is meditate on our evolving culture and how it meshes with our relationships. In the end, what’s real or not doesn’t matter because the love, or the hurt, that you feel most certainly is real.

That is what makes Her the most fascinating film about love in a long while, it’s brutal honesty in how we handle love and relationships today. Grade: A

By Matt Dougherty

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