Top Movies of 2013/14; #5 "Her"


Journal: February 2014 

Google description... "Set in the Los Angeles of the slight future, the story follows Theodore Twombly, a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people. Heartbroken after the end of a long relationship, he becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system, which promises to be an intuitive entity in its own right, individual to each user. Upon initiating it, he is delighted to meet "Samantha," a bright, female voice, who is insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny. As her needs and desires grow, in tandem with his own, their friendship deepens into an eventual love for each other."

My review... The world of Facebook and social media platforms promises to connect us to the people and things we care about, but in that virtual space do we lose or sacrifice the ability to truly connect with other human beings? Do we truly converse, love, hate, share, grow, prosper and connect or are we artificially fed the sense of those things occurring? 

This new mindset of ours makes the movie "Her" not only plausible, but possible. When we boil love down to an emotion, we can replace the delivery system of that love with almost anything. That love can be a person, place or thing. In fact, anything will do, even an operating system. 

This isn't some far fetched notion. Walk down any busy city street and you will see people buried in their phones, tablets and laptops. These people are synthesizing connection. A connection is just a few steps removed from the actual feeling of love. This is what I found so intriguing about this movie. For two hours, it was like we were holding a mirror up unto ourselves. In that mirror, we are afforded the ability to see into the not to distant future. As we gaze upon who we are to become, we are forced to answer an all important question: Is this the people we want to become? As a people, who still shudder at the simple notion of one person loving another of the same sex, I wonder if we could handle it. I wonder if we should handle it. I wonder if this is a step too far. These, of course, are things I cannot answer. The morals behind it escape even me, a person who doesn't shudder easily. Yet, the movie "Her" is the beginning of that conversation, if we are brave enough to have it. 


Thanks for entering my world, 

-Nathan