Her (2013)

This Spike Jonze film follows the story of lonely love letter writer Theodore, a middle aged man going through divorce from his childhood sweetheart. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson and briefly Chris Pratt, this love story conveys themes of love, loss and the importance of relationships in a healthy life.

Set in the not so distant future of Los Angeles, Theodore works at a letter writing firm, daily writing love letters from clients to their loved ones and friends. He is a compassionate and romantic character, struggling to get over his wife, reflected by his reluctance to sign the divorce papers. Trapped in a simple and lonely life, Theodore finds solace and companionship in the company of an operating system designed to meet his every need. The operating system, voiced by Scarlett Johansson, helps Theodore through the hard times and supports him in his friendships and lagging love life. Theodore becomes inseparable from his operating system Samantha, gradually falling in love with her. As each becomes as attached as the other, Theodore learns certain lessons about love, loss and letting go. As his friend Amy, Amy Adams, parts with her partner and similarly falls for an operating system, Theodore and her become more closely bonded and suffer the same fate as each other. Together they help each other overcome their losses, and realise the meaning of a happy life, as well as just how important human connection and interaction is to true happiness.


This film is beautiful to watch, filmed in Los Angeles and Shanghai, cinematographer Hoyte von Hoytema wonderfully captures the beauty of the picturesque skylines and incredible architecture of the cities, capturing the utopia of a clean, caring and connected future generation. Simultaneously the film is emotionally and intellectually wonderful, making the audience think and question what love is, how it works and the importance of human relationships. A great performance from Phoenix and voice work from Scarlett Johansson top off this stunning and emotionally challenging film.


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