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‘Her’ brings new meaning to loving a phone

Every so often, a movie comes along that is just so unique and dynamic that it simply cannot be ignored or missed. For me, the film “Her” is one of these films.

While I was initially skeptical about how this movie would be, I was completely proven wrong once I saw it.

Phoenix, Johansson, Adams, Wilde and Mara give amazing performances in the controversial plot of loving an Operating System. (AP Photo)
Phoenix, Johansson, Adams, Wilde and Mara give amazing performances in the controversial plot of loving an Operating System. (AP Photo)

This film, which was written and directed by Spike Jonze, takes place sometime in the future when technology has continued to grow in importance, versatility and use.

In this time, a new groundbreaking product called the Operating System (OS) has just been released.

Although this product has an unoriginal name, the product itself is astounding.

The OS acts similarly to the modern-day Siri. However, it is capable of developing a mind of its own, having a personality and holding actual conversations with its user.

“Her” centers around Theodore, a recently-divorced personal letter-writer who decides to buy an OS. Once he begins
using his OS, Samantha, their relationship quickly builds and intensifies, and ultimately becomes romantic.

One of the things I loved about this film was how it was able to portray so many different layered messages and undertones, while still remaining simple.

As the relationship between Theodore and Samantha develops, the film presents the audience with a number of questions and ideas about what is considered a normal relationship.

While this is the case, “Her” does not only deal with romantic relationships, but it also presents its audience with a variety of other important questions and thoughts. These range from having the audience think about friendship to how big of a role technology plays in society.

While the original screenplay and direction of “Her” by Jonze is quite noteworthy, the performances in it are as well. Theodore is portrayed stunningly by Joaquin Phoenix, while the voice of Samantha is done by Scarlett Johansson.

I thought the two actors were absolutely perfect for their respective roles. Johansson’s smooth and eloquent voice beautifully complemented Phoenix’s incredible expressiveness and movements.

Other members of the cast include Amy Adams, Olivia Wilde and Rooney Mara, who all gave impressive performances.

“Her” was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture.

I was honestly quite surprised that Phoenix was snubbed a Best Actor nomination.

While, I think “Her” deserved to win both of these awards, the film only walked away from the Oscars on Sunday, March 2, with the win for Best Original Screenplay — rightfully deserved.


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