This is spring break week at the university , and since we went to Hawaii in January, it is movie time for us! I dragged the professor away from a marathon of ‘Breaking Bad’ and we deiced to see ‘Her.’ I can remember when science fiction films were hard to imagine, but not this one.
‘Her’ is set in the future of Los Angeles, maybe 50 years. Everyone is walking around with buds in their ears talking to a virtual friend. The protagonist is Theodore ( Joaquin Phoenix, who was quite outstanding). The stage was set in the opening scenes when we find out that his job is writing beautifulhandwrittenletters.com! In this time and place, ‘people’ hire others to write letters to their loved ones that are rendered by computers in old-school cursive penmanship!
Theodore is lonely and sad at the break-up of his marriage and decides to start a relationship with an OS1, operation system, and meets Samantha (Scarlett Johansson) through his first artificial smart phone. She is bright, and a quick study to fit his needs. Their contact is of purely cerebral interaction in contrast to bodily contact, even during their times of physical intimacy.
The theme of the film was relationships, intimacy, and communications three important aspects of life. ‘Her’ is thought provoking as we decide along with Theodore our thoughts concerning the importance these play in our lives and relationships.
Is this the future?
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