Her (2013) – Incredibly awkward but somehow realistic.

Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) writes love letters for a living and is going through a divorce. When a new Operating System with advance AI is introduced, he shows interest and enters an emotional roller coaster.

Today everybody is busy with their phones and checking their online social media things, while they do not pay attention to the people around them. That is exactly is shown in this movie. People are more involved with their online status en relationships instead of talking to real people. Theodore’s marriage has ended and he is living in an apartment building where he only has contact with his neighbors. When he finished his work, writing love letters, he gets drawn into an advertisement about a new Operating System with great AI. He downloads this OS and after he few setup questions he gets in contact with Samantha. This contact evolves into a relationship and a really awkward sex scene. Awkward in the sense that this is happening in real life too. People get attracted to an online voice and love an image of somebody they really don’t know.

Great performances by Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams as his neighbor and great cinematography of Hoyte van Hoytema who captures the loneliness beautifully in this movie.

3.5 out of 5 on our #SaltedPopcorn scale.
Seen on Netflix.

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