Her: Film Review


This had the strangest concept and I wasn’t sure if it should be taken seriously but considering the Best Picture Oscar nomination, I figured it would be a damn good film and it is. I loved it.

Joaquin Phoenix stars as Theodore, a man who is prolonging signing his divorce papers from Catherine (Rooney Mara). He lives a lonely existence until he installs a new operating system which has ‘artificial intelligence’ and is constantly evolving like a human. He begins to shun real-world interactions in favour of ‘Samantha’ (Scarlett Johansson), who he constantly talks to about his day, rather than simply giving her instructions. They soon form a bond and she becomes jealous when he goes on dates and sees his soon-to-be ex-wife. Their relationship solidifies when they have ‘sex’ until Samantha evolves so much she starts to get paranoid and they have real-life arguments. Things don’t end well…that’s all I will say.

Although this is a satire of what life would be like if we aren’t careful, I can totally believe it. The advances in technology are insane these days. It is crazy seeing people passing real people without interacting because they are too busy talking to their OS. It could absolutely happen.


It is cringe-worthy at times, especially when they have virtual sex and Samantha wants to use a body surrogate, which is just a terrible idea. You feel sorry for Theodore and wish he would just get a traditional relationship. It is even weirder when he tells people and they accept it – he even goes for picnic with friends and ‘Samantha’, who they talk to like she is there! So, so weird.

However, I got invested in their relationship even though it didn’t make sense or seem practical. Samantha just made him so happy and feel good about himself so I was dreading the end. You know that sort of relationship isn’t sustainable. I actually cried at the end. I can’t believe how involved I got. I thought I would watch this at a distance and scoff at such a ludicrous idea.

It is done so well. The dialogue is fully believable and their relationship seems real even though she isn’t there. It can make you happy when Theodoere is smiling and dancing and sad when they fight. The support cast is brilliant too – it includes Amy Adams, Olivia Wilde, Chris Pratt and the voice of Kristen Wiig.

This is a romance drama like any other in terms of how it makes you feel – regardless of how strange the idea is. It will touch you. Seeing Phoenix smile, dance and run around having fun makes it all worth it as well. Highly recommended.

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