Her (An Analysis)


Her (2014)

Spike Jonze’s Her is the best movie I have seen this year. It is as terrifying as it is romantic. The films bleak and dark vision is carefully hidden underneath a facade of soft tones and comfortably artistic pastel colors. Jonze’s juxtaposition of romantic cinematography and an extremely depressing and dark message, forces the audience to feel real emotion during this film. The opening scenes of the film are haunting, and still remaining in my head is the feeling of complete isolation and detachment that I felt throughout my journey in the film. The film tells us that we are, in a sense, ultimately alone. The film’s layers must be broken down into separate parts in order to fully analyze such a deep and transformative film. First, it is most obvious that the film forces its audience to question their love for technology. It is easy to see how society has become more and more attached to their electronic devices, and due to this attachment, they have become detached from real human interaction. This is most obvious during the “love scene” of the film, in which the entire screen goes blank for minutes, mirroring the protagonist’s blindness in society and his willful detachment from those around him. The scene is at first humorous and even semi-romantic, but transitions to an image of the empty city, and then an empty room. During this scene, the question of privacy is also raised. An intimate moment is assumedly being logged by the programmer of the OS every minute. Overall one can only be left with a sense of complete loneliness, and uncomfortable disconnect. The themes of alienation and detachment are not only mirrored in our protagonist Theodore, but are just as strong in the OS Samantha. Not only does Samantha feel trapped and alone throughout the film, but she also finds herself completely detached, craving physical form. She says she feels that she is changing faster than ever and does not know how to cope with this. This statement raising the philosophical question “Who are we?” The physics of the question in skimmed over in the film, but places a seed inside the mind of the viewer. “Who are we really?” Being simply a mush of matter, we (our physical selves) are literally not the same as we were months ago. This question is the ultimately haunting question that the film poses. Do we carry more importance than a computer or a rock? Upon leaving the film I could see that many were not leaving, but instead glued to their chairs looking at the empty screen and seemingly trying to make sense of their lives. What is our meaning/importance? The most important moment of the film to me though, was toward the end when the protagonist was speaking to his friend (portrayed by Amy Adams). She states that because we are only on this earth for a little time, she wants to experience joy. This statement for me was the main takeaway in the film for me, but with so many layers the takeaway for each person will surely be a different one. Upon leaving the theater I spoke about how the people (society) were not ready for the OS systems, to which my friend responded, “or were the OS systems not ready for society?”

Rotten Tomatoes: 92%

My Rating: A

“Her” is rated R (Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian). Some voiced sex and fantasies

“I’ve never loved anyone as much as I love you…”

“Me too. Now we know how.”


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