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March 2, 2014

“She’s not just a computer” – Theodore

featured image courtesy of Thy Tran

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I am no film critic nor expert, but I just wanted to dedicate this blog post to Spike Jonze’s “Her”, and express how beautifully poignant I think this piece of work is.

I’m not sure if I can pin point exactly why I loved it so much, but I’ll give it a go.

First of all (hush) I did not watch it at the cinemas, and I regret that I didn’t. I was just worried that it’ll be one of those wanky art films that leave me in an unpleasant mood when walking out of the theatre. I have nothing against wanky art films (how can I be if I’m an art student, right?) I just prefer leaving them for home where I can watch it by myself in the comfort of my own room – so I can dwell, ponder, and be depressed all I want. Personally,  I look for action/comedic films to watch on the big screen. Anyways, I digress.

What draws me most about this film, is its concept; set in the future, where technology has been integrated into our everyday lives more than ever before. Filmed very effectively, not for one second do we feel a void when Samantha is present. Just because she is not a fully physically formed body, she is fully present in her embodiment as a real, conscious, unique and thinking voice. She is alive in Theodore’s face, and that can only be credited to Joaquin Phoenix himself. The movie really delves and deals with the sticky questions about love, life and relationships – how do you share your life with somebody? It comes to no surprise that we’re increasingly sharing our lives with people through our hand held devices; Instagram, Facebook, Whatsapp. We sit at the restaurant dinner table with our phones in the palm of our hands, we are eating and sleeping with our devices. Dating websites are becoming more evidently successful, we fall in love with fashion and material possession through a screen device. What’s emitted through the device might as well be real and conscious, just like Samantha is realised in this film.

And so even if this film might strike as farfetched to some, even if, you’re scoffing and thinking “nobody’s that antisocial”. Think again, think again when you next go to a social event with friends and see that half of them are wired to their phones. Are we really that far off?

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