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Her (2013)

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Posted 12 January 2014 - 03:32 PM



 


In today's world, much is accomplished through the use of computer systems which use voice recognition, those computer systems which in turn communicate to their user often through a generated voice. Theodore Twombly, who works as a writer of computer generated handwritten letters for clients, is an introverted man who is on the verge of divorce from his long time love, Catherine, a marriage with who he is hanging on for dear life. Beyond his purely platonic relationship with longtime friend, the married Amy, Theodore is having problems moving onto other satisfying female relationships, either romantically or even sexually, until he realizes that he is falling for his confidante who has become possibly his best friend, Samantha, the name that he has given to the artificial intelligent operating system that powers all his personal technological devices. As Samantha is designed to cater to Theodore's needs, she evolves to a point of falling for him as well. Beyond the fact that Samantha does not have a body, they have to come up with ways of evolving the relationship into one that is truly fulfilling in every component. Three of the many questions that may arise are if Theodore's relationship with Samantha is preventing him from having a more satisfying relationship with a female human, if they truly can be bonded in all aspects being two different beings, and if Samantha's quick evolution means that she will evolve even further to her own form of self-fulfillment.



Has anyone seen this yet? I watched it today and it is the best movie I've seen in a while.

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Posted 13 January 2014 - 02:31 PM

I tried to watch it but I only got halfway through, it was a bit weird.


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Posted 13 January 2014 - 05:54 PM

Yeah, it is. I found myself laughing a lot because it seems so unlikely that an OS could behave so much like a human, but at the same time, I think the premise of the movie is quite plausible. We should expect to see A.I.s in the future that are human-like, and even beyond the intellectual abilities of humans. These abilities lead to an interesting result that is reveled near the end of the movie (I won't spoil it), and it makes you think what future human relationships will be like if transhumanism becomes a reality.

 

Of course, it is also relevant to the current state of human relationships. Another thing I loved about the movie is the realistic- and not so dystopian or utopian -depiction of the future (the year is left unspecified, and that's a good thing).


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Posted 14 January 2014 - 01:50 AM

There was an amazing story on Radiolab few months ago about a guy who inadvertently fell in love with a Russian chat bot. It's amazing to think, but it actually does happen.  I'm waiting to see the film to see what the implications of the story are, but there's something so sad that this says about us.


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Posted 14 January 2014 - 03:22 AM

Quite enjoyed it. I remember being really wowed by the trailer months ago, and while it didn't come out exactly how I'd have expected I did really quite enjoy it. This is what i wrote on it:

 

In a world where our technology is constantly advancing and our reliance on it for everything keeps in stride with that, Spike Jonze delivers a kind of post-modern love story. Her is about the relationship that develops between a lonely and lost Theodore (Joaquin Pheonix) and a wide-eyed, fascinated by the world Samantha. Only, in this just-around-the-corner future, Sam doesn't physically exist. She's an artificially intelligent operating system. Essentially Siri on steroids, especially seeing as Theodore as well as many people around him just pick up the operating systems from a store.

Her blends together two of the top things on my cinematic favourites list: the soft sci-fi romance of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Scarlett Johansson at the top of her game (but she'll still never top Lost in Translation). Spike Jonze, through incredibly considered writing and directing, touches on all the things about those films that speak to me.

It deals with a couple of themes at once, and manages to juggle them pretty well even if it does come out at the end not really saying anything definitive at all. But I think that's kind of the point, there aren't any clear answers to the questions it asks. For instance, there's obviously a message about how invasive technology becomes in our social lives. Theodore is often surrounded by people but completely oblivious to all of them because his mind is buried in his phone. It's a common criticism of social networking, we're all so busy speaking but not actually talking to each other. Is it a real connection if it's just facebook comments? Is it a real connection if you'll never actually meet the "person" you're talking to? Does it even matter if it's "real", and who decides what's real?

Technology and its implications are only the sci-fi elements on stage though. The more personal things Her  deals with are about relationships. Loneliness and overcoming and accepting our past mistakes are big issues for everyone involved in the cast. The only really clear message that Spike Jonze puts out with the film is that it's all about the journey: all the ups and downs matter and shouldn't be forgotten, it's not just about aiming for happiness and getting depressed when you miss.

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Posted 03 February 2014 - 12:37 AM

It only came out in theaters in my country a few days ago.

 

I want those video games and I want to play them with Scarlett Johansson.

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Posted 03 February 2014 - 08:11 PM

What a strange strange movie

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Posted 03 February 2014 - 08:15 PM

Seems to be another indie movie, not interested as it's weird too...


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Posted 04 February 2014 - 05:48 AM

I thought for sure it was going to end with him Theodore jumping off the building, im sure glad it had a good ending

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Posted 04 February 2014 - 04:09 PM Edited by ThePinkFloydSound, 04 February 2014 - 04:09 PM.

I enjoyed Her. It's a great idea, very current and definitely a very relevant premise for discussion.  It's kind of happening in Japan all ready...

 

I just watched Her right after seeing this doc so it really grabbed my interest. 

 


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Posted 04 February 2014 - 04:18 PM

Seems to be another indie movie, not interested as it's weird too...

You're so open minded you've allowed your brain to fall out of your skull.

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