While this is a technology blog, I just wanted to take some time to recommend a movie that I feel those who think like me would enjoy. I saw “Her” about a week ago at one of the few theater’s it has been released in and was absolutely floored. I don’t believe I have seen a film so well thought out and human in years. Like all great science fiction stories, it is more about ourselves than the advanced technology it is predicting. That is not to say it doesn’t do a brilliant job visualizing where we are going with information technology. There are more than a handful of moments that I chuckled at how easily I could see a machine being used like the movie does in the future or at how the characters reacted to what they had. The performances are excellent, both the ones we can see in the perfectly awkward Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams as well as just the voice of Scarlett Johansson. This is a concept that could have fallen apart with any single misstep but all of the actors keep it perfectly believable. Not to downplay the excellence of Spike Jonze’s writing and direction which as I said earlier display some of the best thought out work I’ve seen in years. Ultimately, it is a brilliant statement to what we are looking for in terms of love and satisfaction in the information age, something that has been discussed and pondered often today and all of time before it. In a season of many excellent looking movies, I implore you to please not pass this movie up and check it out as I have never been so sure a movie has something that everyone can relate to.
5/5 stars (for those that prefer numerical rating systems)
This may be the greatest awful decision I have ever made.