This past class, we all watched the movie Her, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson and details the life of a somewhat socially awkward employee finding love with his new personalized operating system, voiced by Scarlett Johansson. Not only does the movie do a good job at characterizing the operating system, Samantha, but it does not present Joaquin Phoenix’s character (Theodore) as a delusional or disconnected man, but rather presents this concept of a romantic relationship with one’s computer in a legitimate and an understandable way. This movie is almost something of a sci-fi romantic comedy as it shows their relationship being built and falling apart (as well as all similar person-OS relationships depicted in the film). I would say however, that the film did not leave much of a message with the viewers. There was plenty of space to make a comment on the nature of emotion, the value (or lack thereof) of human contact, the idea of polyamory (considering Samantha’s immense number of partners), but instead of doing any of that, the movie seemed to simply stop. I’m not saying it was a bad movie (not by a long shot), simply that it ended in such a way that made it feel like it amounted to nothing.
TL;DR 7/10, would recommend to a friend