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Saturday, 15 February 2014

On Her

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So I watched Her last night. And it is simply a masterpiece. It truly is one of the best films I've ever seen. I don't think I've ever felt so involved in or touched by a film. It completely sucks you into its world. I wasn't sure whether to even write about it because I think that without having seen it, it's not easy to write about it in a way that will describe it with the words it deserves. But I think if you've already seen it you'll know what I mean. If you already have absolutely no idea what I'm talking about, watch the trailer

It's a film about a man who falls in love with his operating system. The idea is operating systems are things that can be downloaded and act almost like a virtual person but just in a voice. The idea sounds crazy, but in reality this has the potential to happen. The rate at which technology is developing suggests that something like this really could happen, and it might not be as far off as we may think. 

The really incredible part of this film though is that it leaves something with you. For me, for some reason that I'm not actually quite sure of, it made me want to cry and cry. And I don't even know why. I guess in a way it's because it's so real. The way he falls in love and the way that the operating system seems to fall in love back is exactly how we love. We can all relate to the world and feelings presented in this film. That made me feel both uncomfortable and in awe in equal measure. I wasn't quite sure whether to be disturbed that this man was in love with a form of a computer or touched because it wasn't all that different from the way we fall in love today. 

Maybe it was because, like I said, this could be the world we live in, or our children's children live in some day. Although it's amazing and in many ways just like the world we live in now, it was so technology-orientated that it kind of made me sad. I know that might be hypocritical because so much of our lives are already now technology-orientated and maybe it was a wake-up call for that. But at the same time Her just reminded me of what it's like to feel and what it really means to be human. 

Whatever it is, this film will somehow resonate with you, I would be willing to bet good money on that. It's beautiful and painful and heartbreaking and everything an incredible film should be. If you have a chance to, please jump at it to see this film. It is 100% worth it. 

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