'Her' hits too close to home to be anything but disturbing
“We’re only here briefly, and while we are here, I’m going to allow myself joy.”
Sometime in the 1970s or possibly the near future, it is hard to tell between the wardrobe and the technology, a man falls in love with his operating system. It doesn’t hurt that his OS sounds like Scarlett Johansson, that women are crazy, or that he is still not over a divorce that he hasn’t signed the papers on, yet.
Her, starring Joaquin Phoenix is weird and disturbing. While many in the audience laughed, I found the concept far too disturbing to be funny. In some respects, a man falling in love with his OS is not far from where we are now. Between laptops and smart phones, people already spend more time with the Internet than they do with others.
If you find the relationship between a man and his OS acceptable, but the relationship between a man and a man or a woman and woman bothers you, you need to rethink what is acceptable. People need to have relationships with others, and somehow that comes out in this film.
The performances were well done, especially Amy Adams, but the premise hits too close to home in order for me to consider this a good movie. It takes neither the happy nor shocking Hollywood ending. If you liked Don Jon, you will probably like this film.
Her features strong language, sexual content and full frontal, naked pregnancy, which is used during a masturbation scene, so in some ways, it might be okay…