Her, written and directed by Spike Jonze, is a beautiful masterpiece. It’s sweet, soulful, and smart. There’s just barely enough sci-fi in this film to classify it as science-fiction but Jonze is able to impart some wisdom on the state of modern relationships.
The cast stars Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, Chris Pratt, and Scarlett Johansson as the voice of Samantha. It’s a shame that Johansson was disqualified by the likes of the Golden Globes to be a nominee because she is as much a part of this film as Phoenix is.
Set in the near future, Theodore (Phoenix) is a complex, soulful man who writes touching, personal letters for other people. He recently split with his wife and is intrigued by the OS-1, a new advanced operating system that is unique in its own right. The OS turns out to be “Samantha,” voiced by Johansson. She is insightful, sensitive, and funny. But she has needs and desires just like Theodore does. As they grow, their friendship deepens into love for each other.
“It’s advertised as an intuitive system that listens, understands and knows you,” says Jonze of the OS.
At its core, Her is a love story that explores the ever-evolving nature and risks of intimacy in the modern world.