Her (2013) – Can we really fall in love with our devices?

I am so happy that i sat down and watched this film. At first, I dreaded a perhaps over-milked love story made only ‘original’ by its clear connections with our modern technology.

But it wasn’t like that at all.

Her (2013), directed by Spike Jonze,  centers around Theodore as he goes through the stages of divorce. Working as a letter writer, his lonely world is turned upside down when he buys a new intelligence operating system, the OS1. Theodore, played by Joaquin Phoenix, finds himself falling in love with the voice behind the device, Samantha (kindly provided by the gorgeous Scarlett Johansson; who wouldn’t be taken in?).

Jonze presents us with a world seemingly far from our own, using technology and fashion that may seem alien and out-of-this-world to its viewers. Funnily enough, I could see that our social behavior is not so far away from making difficult connections with our online devices. Jonze sheds light on problems we have yet to face – how do we achieve intimacy with a machine? Can you really make a romantic relationship work? But, more importantly, it raised questions about how far away we actually are from such a dilemma. Most of us have met and formed relationships that have started out online. Of course we do this with the hope to meet the tangible human being behind the username. But what would happen if technology became sophisticated enough for us to fall in love with an object with a voice? Of course, until that day comes we can only speculate.

For now though, Jonze’s portrayal  serves as a vital and enigmatic visual representation. Her’s (2013) visually stylistic cinematography and gentle but stunning soundtrack gives a new and inspired dynamic to a tragic love story. The touching performances from both Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams take any clique that might have been in the way and instead; serve for a immersive watch.

You may never see Siri in the same way again.