Theodore: “Sometimes I think I have felt everything I’m ever gonna feel. And from here on out, I’m not gonna feel anything new. Just lesser versions of what I’ve already felt.”
A lonely writer falls in love with his newly installed, artificially intelligent, operating system (OS) on his computer. That’s the gist of ‘Her’, and it’s hard to explain how romantic the film is to someone if they haven’t seen it.
Premiering at the New York Film Festival late last year, Her stars Joaquin Phoenix as Theodore and Scarlet Johansson as the voice of Samantha, the OS. Samantha is not a ‘robotic’ form of artificial life with no personality – essentially, the film treats Samantha as if she is a real, albeit highly intelligent, person sans a physical body.
Named the Best Film of 2013 at the National Board of Review Awards, nominated for three Golden Globes, winning one for Best Screenplay, and currently nominated for five Academy Awards, there is a lot of hype surrounding this film that seems rather simple on the surface.