HER, a sci-fi romantic drama set in the L.A. of the very near future, is about Theodore Twombly (Joaquim Phoenix,) a lonely guy imploding after a divorce from a childhood sweetheart, who falls in love with an OS, an operating system, voiced by Samantha (Scarlett Johansson.) What flesh and blood woman can compete with a female artificial intelligence programmed to be emotionally in tune with you, who is more brilliant than any mortal could aspire to, more seductive because of existing only in the imagination, and able to be shut off at your convenience?
But how this movie can change our lives is that it reminds us that in order to have a hot relationship, each person has to continue to change and grow, and let the other person be him or herself.
This is a film for writers, for people who love great writing. Not only is Theodore a writer of moving letters he composes for others to make a living, but every line that Spike Jonze writes is quirky and emotion-packed.
I’ve been wrestling with which great film I’ve seen recently should be “best film,” and I have to choose HER, because of its profound imagination and insight.