Spike Jonze’s (Where the Wild Things Are) Her is as weird as the trailer would have you expect. Joaquin Phoenix’s (The Master) character, Theodore Twombly, falls in love with his operating system (OS), Samantha (Scarlett Johansson, Don Jon), while coping with his failed marriage.
He is living in a world not that far in the future from ours where every relationship is superficial and ran completely by technology. People shield themselves from the world behind a computer screen (like you and I are doing right now). People use each other for meaningless sex to fill empty time and space with something to do (sounds like our society). And yes, Twombly has sex with his OS (almost in more than one way).
People are obsessed with the success and decline of the relationships of others to a point where they even get involved in the love affair. Twombly’s job is to write cards from one significant other to another making the relationships effortless to the actual participants. Oddly enough, something similar happens to him when a “relationship surrogate” gets involved in his and Samantha’s relationship because they can’t have sex in the normal way.
Yeah, this movie gets weird, but no weirder than the current state of society. I was hoping to come out of the movie and be able to take people to go see it with me a second time, or at least be able to recommend it to watch. I can do neither because it really is critic/movie geek porn.
I barely was able to get on board and that is only because I too am disgusted with the current state of relationships in society.
By: Jonny Havey | Editor-in-Chief