Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Her, the movie reviewed

Joaquin Phoenix plays the lead in this very 21st Century romantic comedy which won an Oscar for best screenplay by Spike Jonze. The story takes place sometime in the near future. In the unlikely event you haven't heard about the story, what essentially happens is that the lead male character who is called Theodore falls in love with his computer's new operating system, who names herself Samantha and is voiced by Scarlett Johansson.

Casting Johansson whose only presence in the movie is as a voice was a bit of genius. She is one of the most fetchingly attractive women currently acting and this all resonates in her voice. So if it is possible for some man to fall in love with a voice, this would be the one that can do it.

The movie is a brilliant commentary on the current state of things, where everyone is walking around with their attention on their iPhones and various other electronic gadgets instead of each other or what beauty might be in their surroundings.

There is an atmosphere of melancholy that pervades the movie, as alienation is the norm. This film deserved its Oscar; it's a haunting script. There is an ongoing sense of intimacy because so much of the time is spent in whispered conversations. At the same time it is all very sad.

What we have here is a very sobering contemplation on the current and future state of society and its preoccupation with artificial intelligence and its attendant costs. Recommended!

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