Writer/Director Spike Jonze’s thought-provoking Her imagines a not-too-distant world in which there is even less interpersonal exchange than there is today.
Joaquin Phoenix plays Theodore, a lonely man employed as a futuristic Cyrano de Bergerac by BeautifulHandwrittenLetters.com, a company that ghost writes clients’ loved ones on matters of love, condolence or whatever the person is unwilling or unable to do for him or herself.
Though good at his job, Theodore’s personal life is in disarray as he is going through a divorce and feeling empty. Things change, however, when he purchases OS2, the newest operating system that offers a personalized Siri.
Things start out great as his Samantha quickly learns him and responds to his wishes. However, “she” evolves with experience just like humans, although at a hyper rate and the question ultimately becomes whether she is willing to stay with what becomes a sub-species and whether he is willing to be with an entity, who has become the operating system for over 8,000 others and is in a “loving” relationship with 631 of them.
Phoenix does an admirable job as the lonelyheart and Scarlett Johansson’s voice creates a superb Samantha.
I give Her a 4+ out of 5.