Theodore Twombly is a relationships nightmare. He spends his days at his job where he write letters for those who have the inability to write beautiful things to give to their loved ones – ie… anniversary, birthday, romance, break ups, etc… As Theodore is going through a divorce, his evenings are then spent with fast food and a virtual game that he is fully engaged in. Everywhere he goes, everyone is engrossed in themselves through their own conversations with their phones. Talking to other people seems to be a thing of the past.
One day he sees an ad for an artificial intelligence “assistant” who will manage your appointments through your phone and basically make your life easier. Theodore signs up and then goes through a series on prompts including choosing the voice of his new assistant….
Meet Samantha (voice by Scarlett Johansson). Theodore is impressed that Samantha will become more intelligent as she learns what he is like… she picks up on his habits, reads his emails to him and responds to them if he asks, she cleans up old computer files in a snap, reminds him of appointments, and becomes a companion when he is alone or just wants to talk. The more they talk… the more Samantha’s intelligence grows.
As Samantha starts to take over Theodore’s world, they seem to fall in love. Samantha is always there for him, engaging him, prompting him to be better…. what more could Theodore want? As their fondness for each other continues, Samantha finds it harder to accept that she can not be a physical presence in Theodore’s life, wishing she had a body that he could physically touch and that of course, she would be able to touch him as well.
Of course – a relationship with a piece of software is…
Theodore’s soon to be ex-wife finds out about Samantha and accuses Theodore of being someone who can not handle real human emotion so of course he would date his computer. Theodore is left conflicted, wanting a physical relationship, yet wanting it to be with Samantha.
I was never really interested in the movie Her. The previews seemed weird…. yet I have to admit a bit of intrigue mainly because I could actually imagine this really happening. In today’s world of electronic assistants, on-line calendars, and reminders, talking to our phones for information on restaurants, directions, what a word means, etc… really – how far off from this “companionship” could we be?
It was friends telling me the movie was actually good, that brought to renting this movie on a cool evening where I did not want to sit on my deck with my coffee and a book… and so, I watched it.
what is with the men’s pants?
Seriously? They all had these high wasted “comfy pants” like stretch material. And none of the guys in 2025 are good-looking…NOPE. in fact it looks as though the style has gone backwards and it almost has a seventies feel to it. If this was the choice of men in 2025 my relationship status would be SINGLE.
I am off topic.
The movie held my attention but I by no means loved it. I never “bought” the romance between Theodore and Samantha, and even through what was considered the emotional parts… I never connected with the love for ones phone.
In fact, as the movie ended… I felt that I had more emotions when Tom Hanks lost Wilson in the movie Castaway…
Wilson!!!! Yup…still makes me tear up.
So overall… I am glad I rented this one from Redbox and paid a buck and change to see it rather that an $8.50 movie ticket plus soda and popcorn.
I would love to hear your thoughts.
Did you see Her? What did you think?
Is it freaky crazy to think that this could really be in our future?
Is it freakier still to think that this could happen in present time?
Don’t we already connect to artificial intelligence through video games, and our computers and phones now?
How far off are we from thinking these created voices and people are real to us?