Her (a movie review)

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What if your soulmate had a mind, but no body? Would you risk the hazards of such a relationship?

The premise is intriguing. If you couldn’t tell the difference between a real person and a computer program, would it really matter? After all, we humans are only here for a short time. Perhaps we should stop agonizing over petty details and, to borrow a memorable line, allow ourselves some joy.

But what is the price of such joy? While no one truly knows, Her certainly provokes thoughts, while tugging at the heart. Scarlett Johansson stars as the voice of Samantha, the OS who becomes self-aware and, despite having no body or soul in the traditional sense, inspires more emotional attachment from the audience than the cast of all Final Destination movies combined.

Joaquin Phoenix superbly plays the role of Theodore, the lonely man with an ironic job, who falls in love with Samantha. Amy Adams, in the supporting role of Amy, provides the subtle contrast between a real woman and a virtual one. Rooney Mara nicely rounds up the main characters as Catherine, the deeply flawed “perfect” wife that Theodore reluctantly divorced.

It’s as much a science fiction movie as it is a romantic one, and because it involves the infinite, is also spiritual (SexyKitten notwithstanding). I would recommend watching this with your Tamagochi, but if you don’t have one, human friends will do.

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