How much DO you love your computer?
Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) is a lonely man that works for an online company that composes 'hand written letters' for other people. He's quite talented, and his letters are beautiful, but that beauty doesn't transition into his personal life. He's still hurting after his separation from wife, Catherine. (Rooney Mara) His friend Amy, (Amy Adams) tries her best to get him out and about. Theo then purchases a new operating system that's designed to not only meet all of his needs, but "understand" him too. His OS is called Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johansson) and she's very intuitive. So much that they end up falling in love.
This film was very thought provoking. It makes me wonder if we as a society could ever get to the point where dating an OS would be considered normal. This film is set in the future, and just observing the extras was interesting. Nearly everyone is on their phones or alone, barely communicating with others. The video games are more realistic - and that was one of my favorite parts. We see Theo playing a very interesting game in a few scenes, and Amy actually designs them. (Her mom game was hysterical) Everything about this film was just beautiful. The way it was shot, the way everyone dressed, the score, it was all just put together so well. This is how I wish Terrence Malik films were to me. It had the same dreamy flow, but never came off as annoying or unfocused. Director Spike Jonze did a hell of a job here.
Then there's Joaquin, he was wonderful. He's essentially talking to no one during the entire film, yet he carries it. Scarlett was wonderful as Samantha too. You never see her, but her voice was pleasant and I think she was perfect for the part. The film itself can get a little predictable. You kind of know this relationship is set up for disaster from the start, but it still didn't take away from how lovely the film really is. Plus, when I felt myself getting teary eyed during the end, my husband promptly made a Skynet joke, and that just reinforced that I married the right person for me.
Memorable Quote: "I want to allow myself joy..so fuck it." - Amy (Amy Adams)