- by midwestequine

(This blog will contain some spoiler alerts, so shield your eyes in certain parts if you must!)


Even though the holiday season is over with, a new kind of season has arrived.

Where the celebrities dress up in their most glamorous of outfits, television stations are constantly filled with these programs and it gives me more of an excuse to go to the movie theatre

Of course I’m talking about award season.

I personally don’t watch every single award show, but I do make it a point to try and see every movie nominated for an Oscar.

I started my award season viewing with the movie “Her” starring Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson and directed by Spike Jonze.

For those not familiar with the movie, it follows a man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people.

Heartbroken after the end of his marriage, he becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system, which promises to be an intuitive entity in its own right, individual to each user.

Upon initiating it, he is delighted to meet “Samantha,” a bright, female voice, who is insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny.

In simpler terms, a guy falls in love with his computer, not a person over a computer, but an actual operating system.

Now, I’m not a movie critic, I don’t claim to be, but I’ve heard two debates over this movie.

  1. It shows how technology is ruining us all, and we’ll eventually not want to have any human contact.
  2.  It just shows a different kind of relationship.

After seeing the movie with my mom, we both honestly agreed with the second option.

As a 22-year-old I get told all the time that I wouldn’t know what to do without my cell phone or that my entire generation would be completely lost without technology, which for the record at least in my household and many other twenty something’s that I know didn’t have a computer in the house until we were about 14, so yes we did grow up without computers, anyway I digress.

To say that the movie reflects what human interaction and relationships will be like in the future I believe is a little far-fetched.

In my opinion, it shows a different kind of relationship and that love can be found anywhere, even I guess, in a personalized operating system.

“Her” was definitely an interesting way to start off my annual Oscar movie viewings, but if you’re looking for a thought provoking and quite endearing movie, I suggest “Her”.


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