That’s what she said
Her from Spike Jonze is possibly the oddest movie in existence (maybe)
Article: Destiny Kaus – A&C Writer
I recently went to watch the movie Her with three of my friends. One liked it, one hated it, and one didn’t even know what to think. But whatever. My opinion matters most, and I loved it.
Written and directed by Spike Jonze, Her is nominated for best picture in the upcoming 86th Academy Awards.
This dramatic romance movie showcases the life of a rather antisocial, solitary writer, Theodore Twombly (played by Joaquin Phoenix), who works as a letter writer: someone who writes letters to individuals’ loved ones because these individuals don’t have time to write their own letters. Sad. Oh well.
While Theodore lives his lonely little writer life and deals with the process of going through a divorce, he falls in love with his newly acquired computer operating system named Samantha (the voice of Scarlett Johansson).
Wait, What? Yep, I said it. He falls in love with a computer operating system.
But, this operating system isn’t like any other operating system. It has the ability to not only help Theodore with any sort of technological issue, but it also talks to him about his problems and develops a meaningful relationship with him.
Overall, despite the fact that this movie was unnecessarily lengthy, I loved it. Why? Because it’s so dang odd and so dang intriguing.
There weren’t really any parts that I didn’t like. There were just parts that were way odder than others. For example, who has over-the-phone sex with a chick who gets turned on by getting choked by a dead cat? Theodore does!
And, my gosh, the high-waisted pants that literally almost every man wears in this movie are weird as heck. Like, what’s up with those? I’m pretty sure I laughed my face off at every appearance of those high-waisted trousers.
Let me just mention the continuous close-ups of Theodore’s face as well. Yep, that mustache, and that face was plastered on the big screen so many times, it was almost unreal.
Speaking of the mustache, I find it intriguing how Theodore’s mustache filled out as the movie went on.
To me, this just shows how time realistically passes during the film. Atta be director Spike Jonze…you paid attention to detail!
While the brilliant and vibrant colours fascinated me, they also baffled me. Like, why did Theodore constantly wear red?
This question drove me crazy until after the film when I came to the conclusion that Theodore usually wore red when life rocked and blue when life sucked.
But then good ol` Theodore threw a wrench into my thinking when he popped up wearing a white shirt at the end. One day I will find out why. One day.
Ultimately, even though I loved this movie for its sincere oddness and ability to deeply fascinate me, I think I loved it even more because of its significant, complex plot.
Her depicts how society is moving towards a future where people could get so wrapped up in technology that they will stop socializing with humans and only have relationships with technology.
With this in mind, what’ll happen if these technology systems crash? We’ll all be screwed. Royally screwed. This is our future. Sounds great doesn’t it?
As a whole, Her made me leave the theatre wondering, “What on earth did I just watch?” But, in my opinion, that’s not a bad thing. Movies are supposed to make people think.