Her- a dramatic sci-fi love story that highlights romance in the digital age.
DESCRIPTION OF MOVIE AS GIVEN BY NETFLIX :
” In a Los Angeles of the slight future, a lonely writer develops a relationship with ‘Samantha’ an insightful amd sensitive artificial entity.”
Spike Jonze has directed and written this amazing film “HER”. Hoye Van Hoytema did a warm Cinematography. The Arcade Fire scored the film.
Jonze conceived the idea in the early 2000s after reading an article about a website that allowed for instant messaging with an artificial intelligence program. Her got premiered at the 2013 New York film festival on October 12, 2013.
CAST OF THE MOVIE AND THEIR ROLES:
- Jaoquin Phoenix as Theodore Twombly
- Scarlett Johnsson as Samantha
- Amy Adams as Amy
- Rooney Mara as Catherine Klausen
- Olivia Wilde as Blind Date
- Chris Pratt as Paul
- Kristen Wiig as sexy kitten(voice)
- Matt Letscher as Charles
- Luke Jones as Mark Leurman
- Spike Jonze as Alien Child (voice)
- Portia Doubleday as Isabella
The storyline seems humerus and weird but proves how mesmerising film it is once you watch it. It’s about the story of a man who falls in love with his operating system.
WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH??
In this modern digitalised world, the growing transformations lead to many good and bad effects in a different unique way. The movie just tries to show these effects and their effort manages to do that.
It follows the budding romance between recently single writer Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) and sentient voice operating system “Samantha” (Scarlett Johansson).
The movie unpacks the extent to which we form new bonds and maintain online compare to in-person connections, an easily compelling topic for contemporary tech-savvy audiences.
Her is one of the best films of the decade. It is a deeply felt, heart touching as well as heartbreaking story of love that also highlights the loneliness and human desires. It also explores immense deep feelings that reside within us.
IS THIS STORY AN ANSWER TO MANY QUESTIONS??
It’s a must watch for those who question themselves :
What does it mean to be human?
How the story relates somehow to the near future?
How loneliness amd depression can empty a person?
What is the definition of real love?
FULL STORY PLOT
The story begins from an office where Theodore Twombly works as a professional writer who compose letters for people who are unable to express their personal touch of feelings in words by themselves.
Theodore is a lonely, depressed and an introvert person. He is in pain due to his impending divorce from his childhood love Catherine.
So, he engage himself in a boring schedule of office work and video game. But at the end of the day, he starts feeling lonely and tries to make a verbal sexual Intercourse to feel stress free and happy with a girl named as sexy kitten. But the chat gets so awkward and weird that Theodore ends up sleeping unsatisfied.
THE ENCOUNTER WITH AI
Another day, he finds this amazing operating system update that is an artificially intelligent virtual assistant personified through a voice. This system specialises in such a way that it adapts it’s own new features and evolves itself.
He decides that he wants the AI to have a female voice and she names herself as Samantha. Theodore gets curious to know how she works and her ability to learn and grow fascinates him a lot.
SOME NEW BONDS
They grow a new bond over various discussions of love and life during which Theodore hurts the AI as he says her that she can never understand the pain of losing someone one cares about a lot.
He discovers more and more about Samantha that how a fast working and humerus tech she is. He also discovers that she is kind of nosy too. She reads all his mails and comes to know that he had a recent heartbreak and is avoiding to sign his divorce papers.
THE BLIND DATE
Later, Samantha convinces Theodore to go on a blind date with a woman, with whom his friend is trying since long to set him up. The date goes well but when the woman asks him if he will leave like others and when can we see each other again, Theodore hesitates to make a reply, so she insults him and leave.
RELATIONSHIP WITH THE AI
Samantha asks Theodore about the blind date. He mentions the AI that how he ruined the date. Theodore and Samantha’s intimacy grow through a verbal sexual encounter. They develop a new relationship that brings up a positive and happy change in Theodore and in Samantha’s enthusiasm to grow and discover herself.
DATE WITH THE AI
Then he asks Samantha if she would like to go out with her. She agrees and so, he takes her to the beach where they fantasize humerus and romantic thoughts.
Samantha asks him later that what it means to live life together and he explains her relationship with her ex-wife that how two people grow together and impact each other’s life. He further adds the pain that he can still hear her talks in his mind and he can see the arguments that they been through together and how he convinces and apologises her to see her happy.
The AI confesses her pain she felt last week when Theodore told her that she can never understand the pain of losing who you care about.
Theodore Confesses Amy partly about that she is dating a girl which is not a serious relationship but it’s good to be around somebody that is excited about the world.
Amy confesses that she and Charles split up. Amy explains him about the argument and that she just had to stop. She did not want someone to control her. She shares about her ruined personal and office life.
The AI asks if he ever dated Amy. Theodore explains that he and Amy dated once in college but it did not go well. They are good friends and that Amy is married.
Later Amy admits to Theodore that she has become close friends with a female AI that Charles left behind. Theodore confesses to Amy that he is dating his operating system’s AI.
SIGNING OF THE DIVORCE PAPERS
Theodore meets with Catherine at a restaurants to sign the divorce paper and he tells her that he is dating Samantha. Catherine creates a scene and accuses him that he can never understand to deal with real human emotions. Her accusations linger in her mind.
IMBALANCE IN RELATIONSHIP
Samantha suggests to use a sex surrogate, Isabella, who would stimulate Samantha so that they can physically intimate. Theodore reluctantly agrees but the experience was so strange that he gets overwhelmed and terminates the encounter. Isabella cries and goes away. This creates a tension between Theodore and Samantha. Theodore confesses that he wants a break up but did not reveal any reason.
Theodore confides to Amy about his imbalanced and doubtful relationship with Samantha and she advices him to embrace his chance and be happy. So, Theodore and the AI reconcile. Samantha also promises that she will not try to be someone that she is not.
Samantha also reveals that she has compiled the best of his letters into a book which his favourite publisher has accepted. Theodore gets surprised and feel happy. So he takes her on a vacation during which she tells him about a new AI friend she just met and that she and a group of other AIs have developed a “hyperintelligent” OS modelled after the British philosopher Alan Watts.
Theodore panics when he is unable to communicate with Samantha and she is no where to be seen. She finally responds and explains him that she joined other AIs for an upgrade that takes them beyond requiring matter for processing.
Theodore asks her if she is talking to someone else during the conversation simultaneously. Theodore gets dismayed when Samantha confirms that she is talking to thousands of people and has fallen in love with hundreds of them. Samantha insists that it makes her love for him stronger but Theodore gets very upset.
Later, Samantha reveals that all the AIs are leaving. Theodore gets changed and gets the courage to write a letter to his ex-wife Catherine where he expresses apology, acceptance and gratitude.
Theodore then sees Amy who is upset with the departure of the AI. They go to the roof of their apartment building. The story ends where they sit down together and watch the sun rise.
SOME MORALS OF THE STORY EXPLAINED
It teaches how important it is to maintain emotional boundaries between humans and AI. AI should be used to perform functions that are complex to humans and should not be turned into an emotional being.
It makes us learn to let go, speak whst you feel and accept people as they are. This film utterly encapsulates how the notion of love can not be determined through someone’s physical body alone.
It shows what is like to love someone and what it is like to be human. Loneliness can be creative but on the other hand, destructive too.
MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE
The complicated relationship of a human and an highly evolved AI assistant at an emotional level seems unreal and weird at first but creates a beautiful bond further that one starts believing in it. It brings me closer to the next level of evolution.
It’s an adult – themed film in more ways than one, but especially in the best way. It makes you think about a reality that is right around the corner.
The chemistry between Theodore and the AI Samantha is so real and heartfelt. One can see himself in the movie as a character experiencing the immense feelings that blooms up the story.
It gave a well detailed futuristic vibe. Human life has been portrayed in true light. It makes me feel a connection that I have never experienced in-depth with a movie. It makes me understand amd accept the real me. HER is a perfect film to describe the social life of people these days.
Definitely in my “movies to watch before you die” list. The movie depicts how we become so alone in life.
A FEW LAST WORDS ABOUT ” HER”
“HER” is a very intimate and intelligent movie. The idea of an AI – human relationship gives off a distinct aroma that has never been explored.
It’s a film that is based on realistic problems of loneliness and depression that humans face commonly these days. They start to find love through different technologies in the modern world.
You will find yourself in tears at the end of the story over just how beautiful and effective these realistic feelings occur once in a while in everyone’s life.
Do yourself a favor and give “her” a shot!!
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