Her is a science-fiction film that should be praised and held on higher pedestals than it currently resides. It takes something relevant in our modern technological revolution and sets it in it’s own universe; a universe that is highly believable and to some degrees one we may eventually collide with. Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) begins a relationship with his computer’s operating system. That’s pretty much the entirety of the film summed up. The highs and lows of a relationship but the other partner is a machine. However weird this may seem to people one should recall how much time they spend with a computer, how much time they spend communicating online, and perhaps one of the major inspirations, how much time they spend chatting to Siri with their iPhone. Her takes a modern invention and makes it an object of fiction and reality at the same time.
The story is decent enough to uphold the original premise and the relationships between all the characters, benefited by a minimal cast, flourish among this alternate Earth’s curious wardrobe sense. The relationship between man and machine seems to go on slightly more than it may in reality but the heart and soul of the film is what allows it’s merits to shine.
It’ll likely go down as a great science-fiction cult film but that won’t detract from it’s heart and it’s message. It’s a modern love story.
Verdict – 4/5