back to article The perfect fantasy flick for the online Valentine you've never met: Her

Spike Jonze’s movie Her invites us to suspend our disbelief as we acquaint ourselves with the life of Theodore Twombly and the relationship he forms with his computer's operating system. Her – Theodore finds out about OS One Theodore finds out about OS One... During an ordinary day in this near future story, Theodore, …

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  1. Annihilator

    Interesting concept, though already explored in Black Mirror?

    1. Eugene Crosser
      Paris Hilton

      Not only that

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simone_%282002_film%29

    2. Voland's right hand Silver badge

      Simulation one

      This looks pretty weak compared to S1M0N3. Probably will not make my Lovefilm list once it is out on snail mail service.

    3. LarsG

      Might do well in Japan

      I do remember 'Simone' and thought it was an OK comedy, one of those non-descript films that you only remember when someone brings out a film as bad as this one.

      The problem with this one is that it actually takes itself seriously, a sci-fi drama. It's really not good. Not only does the guy fall in love with the OS but it cheats on him. It struggles even as a chick flick for geeky girls.

      However it may have some appeal in Japan were apparently virtual girlfriends are the in thing http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24614830.

  2. Darryl

    In the future, 70's porn star moustaches will make a comeback.

  3. TRT Silver badge

    And presumably the AI's infatuation with Twombly takes a dark turn for the worse when it leaps from his iPad onto the internet, there to crack the firewalls of a DARPA research lab and take up residence in the disembodied pig brain/computer interface control centre of a near indestructible robotic killing machine that in a fit of jealous rage goes on a rampage of downtown AnyCity US seeking out and annihilating any potential love rival, only to be smashed to pieces itself by a speeding subway train with the end credits rolling just after we see a red, digital eyed foetus in an artificial womb located int the adjoining DARPA research lab? No? Am I misunderstanding the 70s moustache? This isn't a post-Woodstock, neo-computer age sci-fi romp warning us of the superiority of machines, their fallibility when presented with the human condition, their lack of moral limitations and the indomitable threat that all computer intelligence harbours? Ah.

    1. NumptyScrub

      Nope, this sounds more like the sort of film you get when a director hears the term "basement geek" once too often and thinks "it's been 30 years since Electric Dreams came out, I could do a much better take on this whole computer + relationship thing"

      I've not actually watched She by the way, that would involve leaving my basement, and outside people scare me :(

      1. RichieB

        Damn, you beat me to the Electric Dreams comparison!

        When I leave my basment (Fortress of Power), I scare the outside people :)

      2. Irongut

        Agreed. I thought Electric Dreams early on in the review and the thought never went away.

      3. Havin_it

        Electric Dreams...

        Meh. I'll raise you.

  4. Hollerith 1

    Let me guess...

    Given this is a Jonze film, it will utterly fail the Bechdel Test.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    “do you want me to sort your porn into Babe, MILF and Granny?”

    Should have been the sub-heading.

  6. Ketlan
    Thumb Down

    Yawn...

    I've seen it. It's crap.

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I wasted time reading that review

    I'd already decided it sounded like crap and wasn't going to see it, now I know other people think it's crap and my decision is unchanged.

    If you're going to make this kind of film it needs to be seriously unhinged, instead of just low-key unhinged.

  8. Denarius Silver badge

    have to agree

    With a relative addicted to being a romantic victim, who nearly lives inside her fondle slab this film is not really fiction, hence of no interest. Note to reviewer. One of the marks of the temporary insanity known as infatuation is deliberate anachronism. Horse drawn vehicles, medieval lighting, white dresses. In an age of rising illiteracy, formal letter writing is due for a comeback. ITIRC an article in major newspaper 5 years ago about the return of the "village scribe" doing exactly as male protagonist in She does.

    @Arnaut. Not necessarily. Some of the best story telling is being very realistic. Saving Private Ryan is an excellent example

    1. Steven Raith

      Re: have to agree

      Re saving private ryan - it might be realistic, but I think it's fair to say that WWII was pretty unhinged in and of itself....

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: have to agree -@Denarius

      My father was in the first wave on D-Day. He was injured by a Teller mine on landing and then spent several weeks as a beachmaster, which is why it's surprising I am here to write this. He would completely disagree about Saving Private Ryan, which is another sanitised, largely fantasy war flick.

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    the fantasy 'her'

    versus the reality of many of us: 'She' as in 'She who must be obeyed'

    Anonymous - what else man!

    BTW - I prefer the 1965 Ursula Andress version

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059710

  10. RichieB
    Terminator

    Electric Dreams

    A fun film back in 1984, and available on dvd with a great soundtrack.

    Boy buys computer - computer becomes sentient - boy meets girl - computer becomes jealous - computer attacks boy - something something something - everything works out & 'Together in Electric Dreams' is played... awwww.

    I cannot see this film without comparing it to this classic, I won't see this film unless the better half drags me to it!

  11. i1ya
    Linux

    I'm already in a man-OS relationship...

    she's called Arch. I think she is getting jealous if I don't tinker with her in the evening and spend some time with, errr, my human wife. Sometimes I even talk to my OS: don't you want me to change your GRUB theme, dear? But the only response I usually receive is that my root system may be fsck'd later...

  12. solo

    Too noisy

    I wonder how it'd feel like being in an office where all are whispering.

    I never got the enthusiasm about the voice input except in a car's Bluetooth device.

  13. Paul Westerman
    Paris Hilton

    Joaquim

    Joaquim? Were you thinking of something else?

  14. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    How the mighty have fallen!

    He goes from "AM I NOT MERCIFUL?" to this lmao

  15. John 62

    Jonathan Galecki

    Is it just me or does the star of Her look like Darlene's boyfriend with a moustache? Is that supposed to be a deliberate reference to the geekiness of Big Bang Theory?

  16. kwhitefoot

    He bought a retail copy of the OS? And the film revolves around just the two of them? What about all the other copies? Don't they talk to each other? It all sounds a bit pre-Internet.

    1. mivecboy

      Watch it and find out ....

  17. mivecboy

    Great film

    I've seen it and I thought it was a great film. Really well shot and stylish. I didn't try and compare it to anything else when I was watching it. You can intellectualize these things too much.

    And it's probably best to actually watch the film before deciding it's crap ?

    1. Michael Wojcik Silver badge

      Re: Great film

      You can intellectualize these things too much.

      "It's fun as long as you don't think."

      No thanks.

  18. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    O̶S̶ ̶O̶n̶e̶ OS/2

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmiwiUeEn4k

  19. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Good film, nice break from the slew of eplodey-types that keep being made

    But I found Theodore a little too self-absorbed and scared to lose control of situations.

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