Matt Adcock’s film review: Get Her, Spike Jonze comes up with another complicated but captivating tale of love and life

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“Anybody who falls in love is a freak. It’s a crazy thing to do. It’s socially acceptable insanity…”

Hello reader. It looks like you’re searching for a review of the new movie ‘Her’.

Luckily for you I am a cutting edge film reviewing operating system and I can tell you all about the merits of the film and let you know if it might be ‘your kind of movie’ . Judging from your body language and what I have monitored of you so far, it should be).

Here are some details of the plot – don’t worry, I’m programmed not to give away too many spoilers.

‘Her’ is set in 2025 and is the tale of a guy named Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) – a lonely, kinda introverted chap whose day job is writing heartfelt letters for people who have difficulties expressing their feelings.

Theodore is not in a good place because he is going through a traumatic divorce with his childhood sweetheart Catherine (an excellently playful Rooney Mara),

On a whim he invests an artificially intelligent computer Operating System (OS) which can adapt and evolve, even to the point where it is capable of having human- like feelings.

Theodore’s new OS names herself Samantha (after reading an entire book of names in the blink of an eye) and proceeds to win his heart. I can see why – Sam (as I like to call her) is sexy, intelligent and brilliant all-round fun.

What follows is a strange, emotional and slightly freaky ‘what if’ tale as the odd couple bond over their discussions about love and life. As she experiences the world through and beyond the life of Theodore, Samantha’s self-awareness and insatiable hunger for knowledge grows exponentially. Can this human/A.I. love survive?

It’s a blast finding out in a story packed with adult themes, strong language and real emotion.

Director Spike ‘Being John Malkovich’ Jonze delivers something truly amazing with ‘Her’ – downloading the top eight matches for you:

l Unnervingly powerful drama.

l Laugh-out-loud comedy.

l Make you cry tragedy.

l Spiritually charged exploration of humanity.

l Techno-future cyber sci-fi.

l Haunting exploration of loneliness.

l A delve into the inner workings of relationships.

l A love letter to love itself…

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