I’ve been mulling over this blog for a few days now. I knew I loved the movie, but I wasn’t sure how I would actually convey that in words because I wanted to do it justice. It deserves all the best words because it’s that good.
Her is the story of how Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) falls in love with Samantha, his computer’s operating system (voiced by Scarlet Johansson). Which sounds so lame, right? I mean, we all know Siri. Ain’t nobody hookin’ up with her. (I hope.)
But it wasn’t lame at all. It was beautiful. This was not about a man with a weird fixation on his computer. This was an intimate portrayal of human emotion. The cold, sadness of deep loneliness. The excitement and hopefulness of a new relationship. The joy of love and the ease and comfort it provides. The heartache when it starts to crumble and the grief as it ends.
You’re transported into this futuristic world that very much resembles today only… sleeker. Cleaner. Glow-ier. It’s not wildly different like in other futuristic films. It has nuances that make you realize you’re not in today’s world, so subtle that you barely realize it. Technology is abundant and plays an integral part in people’s everyday lives – like today, but even more intense.
And in this pretty, technology-driven world, we meet Theodore and watch him evolve. We find him a year into a split with his ex-wife which he can’t let go of. We see him meet Samantha and we watch him heal. She helps him find the pieces of his soul and helps him put it all back together again.
And while the focus of the movie is on Theodore and Samantha, other characters around them are at various stages of relationships – his best friend Amy (Amy Adams) feeling relieved as she ends her marriage, his work-friend Paul (Chris Pratt) about to marry his girlfriend. His ex-wife seeing him with fresh eyes now that he’s he’s grown and found new love. All of them provide this great juxtaposition that exposes the flaws of what he doesn’t have with Samantha.
It was beautiful and heartbreaking and moving and really touched me in a way that few movies have.
I think because this is how I met my husband. He may not have been an operating system, but we essentially fell in love the same way. Chatting first through IM, then late night phone calls, then meeting in person briefly and continuing a long-distance relationship via phone/text/chat for a year before he inevitably moved down here. He was a person in a computer. I was deeply lonely and a bit broken. And I think he’d say the same about me, but in reverse, making him the lonely one. This was our journey… only ours had a happier ending.
I don’t know. I just found it profoundly beautiful. Incredible performances by Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlet Johansson. Set to lovely, soft and soulful music. It’s probably now knocked out Steel Magnolias for my favorite movie of all time. (I need to watch it more to make that a definitive statement.)
I highly recommend you check it out.