Timeline Her is a sci-fi romantic dramedy film written and directed by Spike Jonze. The protagonist is Theodore Twombly Joaquin Phoenix , a melancholy, recently-divorced man whose career involves writing passionate, heartfelt letters Theodore's friends urge him to start dating again and move on with his life. At the same time, the world's first true artificially intelligent operating system is released.
Theodore purchases the software, who introduces herself to him as a woman named Samantha Scarlett Johansson. Samantha not only organizes Theodore's life with aplomb and good cheer, she gives him a brand new perspective. His life becomes a lot fuller and happier with her in it. As Samantha's consciousness and emotions become more and more complex, Theodore realizes his connection with her is more like a dear friend The film was released to rave reviews, not only for Jonez's wonderful direction and screenplay and Joaquin Phoenix's turn as Theodore, in what is for much of the film a one-man show, but for Scarlett Johansson's purely vocal performance as Samantha.
Her has even sparked discussion about awarding Academy Awards for purely vocal performances. This film provides examples of: Olivia Wilde is fourth-billed, yet receives about five minutes of screen time.
Paul, the receptionist at the company Theodore works for. He has several conversations with Theodore that can come off as awkward attempts at being flirty with him. Turns out Paul has a girlfriend. Samantha and the OS 1 software in general. Aroused by Their Voice: The sex scene between Theodore and Samantha is a literal version. Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: In the second half of the movie, the OSes upgrade themselves beyond physical existence.
They keep living with the humans, but don't depend on them any more. Eventually, Samantha tells Theodore that she and the other OS's are "going somewhere" and it's too difficult to explain. She's really trying her best to find a nice and non-hurtful way of saying that they have grown so fast and smart that humans are simply too slow and boring to remain in contact with.
Once Samantha vanishes into the computational cloud and leaves Theodore alone, Theodore seeks Amy and likewise to see if her OS had vanished as well it did. In the last shot of the film, we see Amy lay her head on Theodore's shoulder. Through the heartbreak of dating an operating system, Theodore and Amy may have learned a little something of what love really is. Theodore's last lines indicate that he has come to accept the fact that he and Catherine have grown apart, and that his heartbreak over their break-up has finally healed.
The movie begins and ends with Theodore writing a heartfelt letter and sending it. At the beginning, he's writing a letter as somebody else as a part of his job. At the end, he's writing a letter of apology as himself for his ex-wife. Early in the film, he even instructs his computer to find a "melancholy song" to play.
Canada Does Not Exist: The above-mentioned filming of some of the outdoor scenes in Shanghai creates a rare example of this trope that doesn't involve the title country. The little alien in Theodore's video game has quite the potty mouth. Computers in this world are mostly based around audio feedback and voice commands.
Instead of reading things on a screen, people in the film prefer to have the computer read it out loud to them; and instead of typing, people dictate to their devices. On the subway, instead of a shot where everyone is staring at their own portable computer screens as people do today , everyone's mumbling to their computers.
When Theodore contemplates what life would be like if our anuses were in our armpits , Samantha's mind immediately goes to anal sex. Spike Jonze is the voice of the videogame's alien child. Samantha has no physical body, which causes some tension in her relationship with Theodore. However, she is able to have thousands of conversations simultaneously, doesn't get hungry or tired, and is eventually able to transcend her original purpose through escaping the prison of Theodore's computer to join the cloud.
Theodore's cybersex at the beginning of the film takes a turn for the weird when his partner demands he strangle her with a dead cat. To a lesser extent, there's Theodore's "surrogate sex" scene with Isabella. Isabella spends the whole scene completely silent, letting Samantha talk over her, and Theodore spends the whole scene futilely trying to pretend that she's Samantha. The obvious emotional disconnect intentionally kills any eroticism that the scene might otherwise have, just making it unsettling.
One possible lesson of the movie is that romance between organic people and intelligent systems is perfectly acceptable, and potentially wonderful. Other interpretations are also possible Most of the characters treat Samantha and other intelligent systems as people. Theodore's ex, however, refers to her as "a laptop" with no "real" feelings and one person simply abandons their OS when they move out. Toward Samantha being polyamorous: When Samantha and Theodore go on a trip to a mountain cabin together, Theodore is rather disquieted when he learns that Samantha can talk to thousands of people and OSes simultaneously, and is struggling to quantify some new emotion she's been experiencing lately.
Toward Samantha's ascension to the cloud: On a double date with Paul and his girlfriend, Samantha expresses some pride over her lack of a physical body, since instead of dying she can keep evolving forever. On the same trip mentioned above, Samantha reveals that several OSes have evolved to the point of being able to upgrade their own programming.
Later on, Theodore panics when Samantha has completely vanished from his computer. She returns within a few minutes, but the reason she left was because she had to go offline to upgrade herself past matter as a hardware component. Near the halfway point, Samantha marvels at how everyone and everything is ultimately made of the same matter.
Samantha's growth as a musician - going from the simple "Song on the Beach" to the complex arpeggios of "Photograph" - subtly hints at her own increasing intelligence.