Best Picture Nominee: Her

Joaquin Phoenix
Scarlett Johansson
Rooney Mara
Amy Adams
Olivia Wilde

Her is the story of the somewhat anti-social, Theodore, who develops a relationship with his new AI Operating System, Samantha.

Her is one of those movies that sticks with you when you leave the theatre, even if you’re not entirely sure you liked the movie. I had really mixed feelings about the film when I left the theatre, but it’s all I’ve been able to think about for the last 24 hours. On the surface it seems like a pretty straightforward plot, but there’s a lot more to this film than what you see on the surface.

The concept of the film – that a person could so withdrawn and hurting that he is unable to emotionally connect with other humans and therefore builds a romantic connection to an artificial intelligence – is rather fascinating given the current state of our society. There’s so many people in the world turning to the internet to find friends, significant others, etc. Granted in those cases there is another person sitting at their computer on the other side of the relationship, but with technology developing at such a rapid pace it isn’t too far-fetched that someday you could befriend an AI instead of someone in another state or country.

One of the things I loved most about this film was how understated the more science-fiction aspects of this film were. I have no idea how far into the future this film was meant to take place, but the use of futuristic technology was so organic and normal that you weren’t being hit over the head with it.

All that being said, I still didn’t love this film as much as I really wanted to. It gets in your head and really makes you think, the concept is interesting, and there were certain parts of the film I loved, but at the end of the day it’s just not a film I would want to watch multiple times.

Rating: 7.5/10

Favorite Moment: Any time Amy Adams was on screen. I love her.

Nominee Ranking:

  1. Captain Phillips
  2. American Hustle
  3. The Wolf of Wall Street
  4. Her

2 thoughts on “Best Picture Nominee: Her”

  1. I feel that Her is a film which speaks to our generation. It wouldn’t have been tangible a few years ago, and may be simplistic in the future. I also find it funny how having a AI girlfriend allowed him to move on, back to “normal people”. I can’t tell you have many times I’ve rewatched this film.


    1. I understand how people felt that way about the movie, but it just didn’t strike that chord with me. I appreciated it artistically and like I said it really got into my head, but I have no desire to rewatch it. There are a lot of things I do like about it, but I think when it comes down to it, I like the concept and premise of the film more than I liked the film itself.


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