Imagine falling in love with someone. Now imagine that that person doesn’t exist, not only do they not exist, but they are an operating system. Crazy, right? It may seem crazy to us, but for Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), a man who makes a living writing personal letters for others, this is his reality.
Theodore is going through a divorce and finds comfort in Samantha (Scarlett Johansson), an operating system. Throughout the movie we watch as Theodore’s live unfolds as he develops a relationship between…his computer.
At first the thought of someone falling in love with their computer seemed strange, but actually this may actually happen. Technology is constantly evolving and we keep finding new ways to integrate it to our lives. It’s actually weird if someone doesn’t own a computer or much technology; computers and gadgets have become the norm, we’ve become independent on these new gadgets. Just think, at school, at work, at home, we are always using computers whether for looking up the latest celebrity gossip, or for presenting a simple presentation. Almost every single presentation is made on the computer and presented that way.
Going back to the story… Her was a movie that seemed weird at first, but as you watch it, you can feel the love and heartache that Theodore experiences. We watch as Theodore develops a relationship with Samantha and the difficulties that he experiences while going through a tough time in his life. We almost become Theodore; and it pains to see the roller coaster of a life that he is experiencing. Nonetheless, this was a great movie to watch. And although it seems very dramatic, there are actually some funny scenes; it’s a sweet, new, and humorous movie that I’d recommend anyone to watch. (Plus the music was fantastic! All thanks to Arcade Fire)
There’s been a lot of controversy regarding Scarlett Johansson being nominated for an Oscar for her acting in Her, or her lack of acting. People are torn between whether Scarlett Johansson, a mere voice actress, is worthy of receiving an Oscar. In my opinion, I believe she’s entitled to that privilege. Before actually seeing Her, I thought it was silly that she was nominated. But now that I have actually seen her performance, I think she deserves the right to be nominated for an Oscar. Although Scarlett didn’t physically act, she acted emotionally through her voice and words.
Watch it for yourself and see if you think she deserves that Oscar nomination.