You’ve probably seen the trailers, posters and TV spots for the movie Her. You might know the director Spike Jonze recently won a Golden Globe for his screen writing in this movie. You know the main character played by three-time Oscar nominee actor Joaquin Phoenix who is the leading man in the movie. You know the voice of ” Her” or Samantha (Scarlett Johansson) which is the name of the O.S . I think you can get away with calling Samantha advanced Siri or female Jarvis. It has a great cast with Amy Adams, Rooney Mara and Olivia Wilde also playing parts in the movie. The movie however even with the nominations, Oscar buzz and great critic reviews isn’t reaching mainstream appeal.
The movie came out this past Friday January 10th. The movie has made just over 9 million dollars. I don’t think anyone on the film or people predicting how much money it would make thought it would make much money. I find this somewhat strange, but I think it almost might make perfect sense why this wouldn’t make much money.This movie does have a very interesting take on humans dependence on the technology we use, but lets face it this movie is weird. I mean come on, a man falls in love with his computer. That’s crazy and yes, I know there is a deeper meaning to the movie. People however aren’t always looking for a deeper meaning. Many people don’t want to be ” preached to” when they go to the theaters they want to see “Iron Man” blow up a building or Jack Sparrow jump from pirate ship to pirate ship. There is nothing wrong with that, but look at the box office numbers for preachy films like 12 Years a Slave, inside Llewyn Davis, Blue Jasmine, Fruitvale Station and etc. the list goes on and on. Some of the best movies make very little money, but are later realized for their greatness after awards season or because they can be connected to the times we live in now. The only reason a great movie like The Dark Knight makes a lot of money is because it has Batman and the Joker in it which is essentially like cashing a check for yourself if you put those characters in your movie. Look at the highest grossing Oscar buzz move of 2013 which is Gravity. Gravity made over 200 million dollars and was filled with special effects and action. So what does this mean for Her.
I think Her will be realized for its greatness in the next 10 years give or take of course. I say this because though Her takes place in the near future. the technology is cool, but isn’t far off and a lot of it is on the verge of coming out. This near future is what the world will probably look a lot like in these next 10 to15 years or so. It’s a future the we will live to see not centuries from now that a lot of “future”movies take place. I think people are either in denial about how much they love Siri, The Xbox, smart phones, TV’s, cars, and the internet. If I didn’t have a computer and internet you wouldn’t even be able to read this. We all like to think we could live without technology, but we know we can’t. The excuse is to always say that our ancestors lived without, but their ancestors lived without medicine and died prematurely, and their ancestors didn’t have iron weapons or guns that allowed them to win wars, and their ancestors didn’t have ships to go to other lands so we could know that there was more in this world. What I’m trying to say is that Her is a movie about us. We need technology because with out we wouldn’t be able to change ourselves the world we live in or innovate.
In the near future when we catch up to the time that of ‘Her’ I think we will better appreciate what it is or by then was trying to say. We will probably have our own Samantha’s. If we can except Jarvis in the Iron Man and Avengers movies I think we can except an O.S system in the world we basically live in now. Sure maybe we won’t fall in love with our computers, but the movie isn’t about a creepy computer its about finding a connection with the people that care abut you. We see how Joaquin’s character not only grows his relationship with Samantha, but also his close friends. Of course it also has to do with our relationship with technology, but I’ve already explained that. Her is brilliant and I believe it will known as a very intelligent film 10 years from now when all of this becomes a reality. Sadly however people still can’t get past a weird man falling in love with his weird computer. Also Joaquin isn’t the most normal guy in the world.
The main purpose of this article was to tell you to open up to every film that comes out and not to just turn away from it because it looks strange. My friends said it looked weird and stupid, but something tells me they will feel differently by 2024.