HER

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I don’t claim to be an expert on film, but I thought ‘d share my thoughts on Spike Jonze’s ‘Her’ with you because I enjoyed it.

The main thing I took away (typically irrelevant, and as such me all over) are the colours. It’s almost like it’s through rose tinted glasses with a soft, muted colour palette and glimpses of pink wherever they can be squeezed in. I’m not sure if I’m quite clever enough to define the intention behind this but it makes for a beautiful watch and depending upon your perception of the story it provides an ironic/romantic/melancholy or just plain pretty setting.

The film follows Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) who falls in love with his Operating System, an artificial intelligence called Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johannsen) whilst coming to terms with the breakdown of his marriage.

It’s an interesting concept, somewhat alarmingly set in the not-so-distant future, and I think in a way it’s subversively poking fun at our reliance on technology and how that’s changing us and how we live/think/feel, as well as being a fairly succinct commentary on loneliness and the things the human heart/mind will do to overcome that.

I found myself feeling really grateful after watching this film that being born in the 80s, I had a chance to learn how to interact with people before the dawn of the internet, and lucky to have love in my life (sorry for the schmaltz, but I’m sure you get the idea and it is nearly Valentine’s day after all).

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