Her (Jonze, 2013)

Her (Spike Jonze, 2013)

Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead.  –Philippians 3:13

The melacholic broken flashback meanderings of happy images but sad implications dance with sunbeams and moody music in the mind of the lonely Theodore – a man in a hard place in life. Called a love story by everyone including its creater, it’s more accurately described as a relationship story. The flashbacks don’t merely act as gorgeous aesthetic breaks in the action but illustrate Theodore in a true state of love (the kind that includes ups and downs and involves a lot of work). But the relationship with the OS – the ‘love story’- while a truly interesting take on science fiction, is simply a rebound. This futuristic take on relationships and companionship is somehow frightening and comforting at the same time. There’s no dramatic absence of human-to-human contact, no drone-like quality to Theodore as he becomes more involved with his technology; it all feels very much like it could happen, hence the feeling of comfort and fright. But the relationship tapers off as quickly and as silly as it began; Theodore doesn’t feel a lot of pain, and he’s finally better able to move on from his past mistakes. Jonze does some wonderful things both aesthetically and thematically without sacrificing the film’s relatable personality, and it’s easily one of the best of the year.  9.25/10



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