Her appears to be a movie about a creepy man who looks for love in the virtual arms of a computer, a relationship we instantly label as invalid. How invalid is it really? Is it possible that me or you could have a relationship or friendship with a highly advanced "Siri"? Her starts a conversation that we haven't really had yet, but it's a discussion we may be having in the next few years as technology and humans form a more symbiotic relationship.
Joaquin Phoenix needs no introduction, he is an amazing actor, and Her is no exception. Phoenix plays a recently divorced writer; he's lonely and has trouble finding a connection with anyone. You feel his loneliness throughout the film, no matter for how short of a time, you have had the same feelings of disconnectedness that the main character has.
The world in which Her is set is one that doesn't feel too far from our own. It's a near-future world, with technology that is only a few generations advanced from our own. Clothing styles and color combinations are possible evolutions of the styles of 2014, not too far out of the realm of possibility. The movie is the most well-designed film I've seen in a long time, deserving of it's three Oscar nominations.
Joaquin Phoenix's character, Theodore Twombly, wanders around this slightly futuristic world looking for a connection any way he can. On his way home from work, he hears about a computer system, called OS 1. It's an operating system with artificial intelligence, making it a computer for you. Theodore then forms a relationship with Samantha (played by Scarlett Johansson), his OS.
It's easy to write off the "love story" in this film as creepy and socially unacceptable. Spike Jonze's film makes an excellent case for an intimate relationship with a computer, taking the idea of an online relationship and never actually materializing it in human form. There are some very awkward scenes, as you can imagine, but ones that add to the controversial nature of what Her is trying to say. It's not a movie for the faint of heart, and I can't recommend it to everyone. It has a very "indy" feeling about it, so it isn't a constant dramatic thrill ride like one may expect.
Her is scifi fantasy, but it is a fantasy that isn't completely out of reach. This is a reality currently in the making, one that may develop from our constant need of online connectedness.