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.