Review: Her

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Review: Her

Jarrett Rodriguez, A&E Editor

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As the credits rolled to Spike Jonze’s newest film, “Her,” I felt like I had just been schooled in modern human relationships. “Her” captures not only the true essence of what it is like to be in a relationship, but how technology has changed them.

“Her” stars Joaquin Phoenix as Theodore Twombly, a man in the not-so-distant future who earns a living making up beautiful “handwritten” cards for other couples. Theodore purchases a newly released individualized operating system, Samantha, and soon begins to fall in love with her. The two develop into a couple that seems lifelike.

Joaquin Phoenix did an amazing job of bringing his character to life. From opening to ending, you truly believe his performance. He plays the lonely guy well, which brings this ridiculous tale a sense of realism.

Scarlet Johansson plays the A.I. Samantha, and she also has a knock-out performance using only her voice in the film. It is such a good performance that you can hear the subtleties in her speech and figure out her emotions.

On the surface, it is a love story like any other but underneath it is also an important reminder of what technology has done to our society and how it could impact future generations.

“Her” is an amazing film recommend for everyone. Jonze lets his great message unfold gradually with humor and love. Go see this film; it’s an amazing portrayal of where we are headed in society.

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