Best Picture Nomination #5 Her
One day he decides to upgrade his computer with a personalised operating system, named Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johansson), and everything changes. Samantha becomes so much more than a machine as she and Theodore begin to get to know each other. As their relationship develops into something more, the pair face various hurdles: Samantha's inability to experience the physicality of the world and how the couple might be perceived by outsiders.
This is such a refreshing take on a love story. With a script which is by turns hilarious and profound, the films raises questions about the nature of love, relationships and what it means to be human. Samantha particularly, is a wonderfully constructed character, voiced with beautiful tenderness by Johansson. Amy Adams is lovely as ever in the role of Theodore's best friend, a woman just coming out of a long and unhappy relationship herself.
I also enjoyed the clean, fresh, futuristic style of the film, which made it visually pleasing. The story is not without sentimentality, but I don't mind this. It's the sort of off beat romantic film that recalls Seeking a Friend for the End of the World or even Safety Not Guaranteed.
Her is unlikely to win Best Picture, but it's definitely one I would recommend seeing.
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