From the trailer for the movie “Her,” directed and written by Spike Jonze, it seemed like the film was going to be an interesting and quirky piece exploring the meaning of love, especially in taboo situations; but the film went far beyond these expectations.
However, this movie isn’t for everyone as it received an R rating for language and sexual content.
Jonze manages to make a story about a man falling in love with an operating system into one of the most authentic love stories to hit theaters in quite some time. Just as Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) begins to see Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johansson) as a real person, the audience does too.
Just as teenagers feel as they grow into their own person, Samantha is scared, excited, and another emotion that she can’t quite explain, thus making her the character easiest to relate too.
“Her” received a golden globe for best screenplay. Not only was the story beautiful and heartwarming, it was filmed so incredibly well. Every shot seemed to have a purpose.
As Samantha is trying to explain this indescribable feeling of coming into being to Theodore, a pot of the tea on the stove begins to whistle as it heats up. As the intensity of the teapot built, I had the realization, “Yeah. That teapot is somehow exactly what it feels like to discover yourself.” And this is obviously not something that any old director could pull off.
The movie was stupendous in that it existed world away from our own in which a relationship as complicated as this one is more possible. Casey Storm’s costume design helped the movie feel more beleivable, as the fashions were just different enough to set an otherworldly, futuristic aesthetic but were never too far out there that the audience felt a disconnect.