Joaquin Phoenix in a scene from 'Her'.
BRILLIANT. Simply brilliant. Her is not only a pleasure to watch but a privilege as well.
As a story, it is simple and human. Set in the near future, it gives the viewer a preview of what life on Earth will be like when technology reaches new heights and how isolated people could become because of that.
We can already see the genesis of this in our time. People seem to communicate more with computers than other human beings in Her, painting a rather dismal picture of the future.
What makes this movie a delight to watch is Theodore Twombly, played by the talented Joaquin Phoenix. He’s an ordinary man with ordinary problems but in his pursuit of love, ends up bonding with an artificially intelligent operating system named Samantha, voiced by Scarlett Johansson.
What begins as a beautiful friendship develops into an epic love affair. The flirtations, innuendos and their high-octane sex life may seem strange for viewers but in this world, it is a commonplace affair.
Once you get over the initial oddity of it all, the beauty of the relationship begins to blossom and you cannot help but smile or cry with the ups and downs of their love life.
It is when the end comes that the beauty of actual, human relationships shines. – Dinesh Kumar Maganathan (*****)