Her is a 2013 American romantic science-fiction drama film written, directed, and produced by Spike Jonze. It marks Jonze’s solo screenwriting debut. The film follows Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), a man who develops a relationship with Samantha (Scarlett Johansson), an intelligent computer operating system personified through a female voice. The film also stars Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, and Olivia Wilde.
This got a bunch of awards and it’s easy to see why.
Joaquin is really good as a very ordinary guy. It’s a good thing they didn’t make him some kind of stereotype. The works writing letter for other people and has been recently divorced. The film traces his relationship with an AI assistant that is embedded in an operating system. While the story is concentrated on the two main characters, it did remind me of Robert J Sawyer’s Wake Trilogy.
At times it has a very dreamy quality, sometimes humorous and often very sweary. While it may seem to be a romantic comedy, the main theme that comes through is how we change when we interact with technology, and how technology evolves.