Movie Reviews: Her

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Her directed by Spike Jonze

This was a more interesting love story than 90% of the romantic comedies of the last decade. It was different and strange and actually grabbed my attention. I’m not sure if it was Scarlett Johansson’s voice or Joaquin Phoenix’s aloof acting, but I was engrossed in the story.

You might have heard a little about the film. It’s the classic man-falls-in-love-with-a-robot trope. You’ve actually seen it more often than you think. Ex-Machina, Blade Runner, Austin Powers, and many films have actually explored loved with a robot.

What makes this story different is falling in love with an AI program, so there isn’t even the classic fallacy of falling in love with how convincingly hot the robot is. Joaquin Phoenix essentially falls in love with a voice, through her responses to him.

I’m not gonna lie, if a voice like Scarlett’s talked to me like that every day, a part of me might fall in love with her. It is essentially like dating someone long distance or dating someone online. It’s strange, yet different, but I can see and understand how it happens.

Then there was “the scene.” If you’ve seen the movie, you know what I am talking about. If you haven’t, I’m not going to say anything other than it was one of the more interesting scenes I’ve seen in a movie the last few years.

Overall, the story ended one of the few ways I predicted. It didn’t entirely work for me, but then again, there was a message to be told.

Movie Rating: 8.5/10 AI phone calls

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