If you missed “her” in the media blitz surrounding the glitzier nominees for Best Picture this year, you missed something special.
“her” is a cautionary tale about our love affair with electronic devices and the disconnect it is causing in normal relationships, from simple inattention to internet dating to cybersex. Even the name, “her,” suggests objectification; the title is not She, and it is not even capitalized. ‘her” is just the objective case of what once was a woman. In this story of a near-future utopia, the voices that talk to us from our phones and GPS units and have names like “Siri” have developed emotions and personalities that aren’t almost human; in many ways they’re better than human. But this is not Westworld (1973) run amok, with sentient robots destroying their creators in order to take over the planet. No, “her” is a softspoken voice that comes in the night, whispering sweet nothings and taking over the creators’ emotions.Continue reading