[Review] It was love at first click

[Review] It was love at first click

What will happen if artificial intelligence becomes so advanced it can simulate human emotions? Spike Jonze, who most recently directed Where the Wild Things Are, has let his imagination run wild considering this question.

The result is the romantic drama Her, which explores the idea of love between humans and computers.

Joaquin Phoenix plays the socially awkward Theodore Twombly, a professional love letter writer who is struggling through life and a painful divorce.

His passion for life is sparked again by an operating system called Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johansson) - a voice that is caring and helpful. As the pair spends more time talking, they begin to fall in love.

This thought-provoking film won best original screenplay at this year's Oscars. The tightly-written script packs emotion into every word Theodore and Samantha exchange.

Combined with an understated yet moody score from Arcade Fire, and set against a backdrop of a cool, futuristic Shanghai, Her is thought-provoking and smart.

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This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
It was love at first click


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