I am not positive I found Her as engaging as most reviewers did.
But in terms of its story I’m positive Her (written and directed by Spike Jonze) is a lot different from many a Hollywood film I’ve seen.
While I found Her story novel and its lead actor Joaquin Phoenix’ acting solid, the depressing part of the movie was the failure to execute well on a novel theme.
Different – For Sure
Hey, of how many ‘deep’ relationships can you say that the heroine (Samantha) never shows up?
Now before you answer the question, I want to ask you a few more – What does “show up” really mean in a romance?
Does Samantha have to appear in person or is ‘her’ voice good enough?
Is sending a surrogate for a good fuck with ‘her’ lover proof of Samantha’s strong commitment to the relationship?
My questions leave no doubt that the appeal and novelty of Her lies in the original story.
The setting is Los Angeles, some time in the indeterminate near future.
A man (Joaquin Phoenix) going through the last stages of a divorce falls in love with his new operating system.
Ha ha ha, I bet you putzheads want to know if it’s Windows, Mac OS, Ubuntu Linux, RedHat Linux or SuSE Linux, right?
No, none of the above. It’s OS 1, the first artificial intelligence OS, one with a ‘consciousness’ and an ability to ‘evolve.’
By merely listening to you, OS 1 can tell if you’re having a bad day.
All ye priapic jesters will be glad to know that OS 1 does a remarkable job of simulating sex. 😉