In this digital age we live in, more and more new things are starting to pop up in our lives that simply couldn’t gave existed before. David Fincher’s biopic of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg epitomized the idea of digital friendship and Spike Jonze’s Her takes it a step further to tackle to tricky world of online dating.
Ten years ago you had to actually meet someone to have a relationship with them, but today you can literally have years of a relationship spent with someone without ever meeting them. It happened to San Diego Chargers linebacker Manti Te’o and it’s the premise of Jonze’s movie Her, in which Joaquin Phoenix falls in love with a digitized voice on his phone.
The whole idea of Her is supported by the fact that Phoenix’s character can talk to his phone and it can talk back, hence the start of the relationship. But we already have that technology in real life thanks to the iPhone and Siri.
Apple has an Easter Egg on the iPhone where if you ask Siri if she’s Her, you will get a pretty snarky reply.
The folks over at BuzzFeed figured this out and they learned you don’t even have to ask Siri if she’s Her to get a snippy response, all you have to do is bring the movie up.
Jonze gives emotion to a voice on a phone in Her, but fiction is mirroring real life in more ways than we knew.