A Movie A Day 002: Her

Opening scenes. Gotta take a moment to talk about Her’s. So much is revealed through layers of audio, not dialogue, that set the scene. Not only that but the movie is shot so, so beautifully. The attention to set design, wardrobe, and color is incredible. Theodore wears primarily (no pun intended) red, blue, and yellow, and the areas he frequents follow the same pattern. The film also feels like it’s mostly shot during golden hour.

Gah. So good.

From Wikipedia: In a near future Los Angeles, Theodore Twombly is a lonely, introverted, depressed man who works for a business that has professional writers compose letters for people who are unable to write letters of a personal nature themselves. Unhappy because of his impending divorce from his childhood sweetheart Catherine, Theodore purchases a talking operating system (OS) with artificial intelligence, designed to adapt and evolve. He decides that he wants the OS to have a female voice, and she names herself Samantha. Theodore is fascinated by her ability to learn and grow psychologically. They bond over their discussions about love and life, such as Theodore’s avoidance of signing his divorce papers because of his reluctance to let go of Catherine. Samantha proves to be constantly available, always curious and interested, supportive and undemanding.

Her brings up a lot of questions like what it means to love someone, and what it means to be human. Samantha is capable of learning as an OS, and from interacting with Theodore and what she’s been programmed with, is able to develop feelings like pride, sadness, and love. She feels so human, minus the physical form.

When Theodore starts falling in love with Samantha, it makes me wonder: “What would blindly falling in love be like?” What would it be like falling in love with someone’s words and ideas and the way they sigh after admitting something, but never actually seeing them? Or touching them? In a sense, isn’t that a very pure form of love? After all, it would be loving their core being, not the physical. However, maybe to love someone you also need to know how someone’s hand feels in yours, how it feels to run your fingers through their hair, or the way they smell. Her shows the difficulties in loving someone you don’t have any physical marks of, although it isn’t necessarily a deal breaker.

Just as Her is a movie about love, it is very much so a movie about being human and our capacity to love. It isn’t something so simple as something we’re born with. Through opening up and taking chances with other people, we learn to love. Sometimes we take those chances and get hurt, but it doesn’t mean the people we love and the experiences we shared didn’t teach us something valuable. In love, while we give a piece of ourselves to someone, we receive a piece in return.

Favorite quote from the movie:

“I’ve never loved anyone the way I love you.”
“Me too. Now we know how.”

The Recommendation™

Rating: 5 / 5

Rewatchability: 4 / 5

The Ideal Setting to Watch: alone, during golden hour or before sunrise, cool enough to wear a sweatshirt, but by no means cold, somewhere quiet

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