Interesting take on our reliance on technology

Her starring Joaquin Phoenix.
Her starring Joaquin Phoenix.

Spike Jonze’s Oscar winning ‘Her’ offers an interesting look at our relationship with technology.

Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) is a isolated, introverted divorcee, who indulges in solitary pursuits, and tends to shy away from meeting people. He decides to try out a new computer operating system, one with self awareness that learns from social interaction. It assumes a female personality and name (‘Samantha’; voiced by Scarlett Johansson), and love blossoms between the two.

‘Her’ is being marketed as an unconventional romantic story, but for me the human-computer romance was the least interesting aspect.

Masked in a semi-sci-fi way, ‘Her’ posed some thought provoking questions about our over reliance on technology. While ‘Her’ depicts a near future where tech has become increasingly pervasive, the characters accept this stronger influence in their lives unreservedly.

Much has been said about ‘Her’ being a beautiful film, and it certainly is. A vibrant pallet of warm colours adorn the screen and captivate you.

Dim lighting and sparce backdrops maximise the isolation of Phoenix’s character, giving the story a more intimate feel. It is a striking observation on love, loss and loneliness.