Mia Dixon-Slaughter, Co-Editor-in-Cheif

On Friday, January 10, the highly anticipated authentic film, Her, was finally premiered in theaters. Her captures the idea of how close society becomes with technology and the effects of it on people.

This futuristic film centers around Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), a lonely, divorced writer who succumbs to crafting love letters for a living. Twombly purchases an operating system called OS1 to keep him company. This operating system is personalized to each buyer by asking what sex they would like the voice to be and then a few more personal questions. Twombly’s OS1 soon develops into a dynamic character as she gives herself a name, Samantha (voice of Scarlett Johansson), and starts to reveal a complex personality. As the film progresses Twombly and Samantha develop an intimate relationship that results in multiple problems and the plot begins to thicken.

Spike Jonez’s film approached a love story never done before with the half-human, half-computer relationship. Behind the love story of the movie lays a deeper meaning—that society is becoming so attached to technology that it will soon be falling in love with it. Not only was the audience drawn in by the unusual relationship of Twombly and Samantha but they were also drawn in by Jonez’s idea concerning the relationship between people and technology.

Having already been recognized by film festivals such as the Rome and New York Film Festivals, Her has gained a large audience that only continues to grow. Her has already grossed over eight million dollars in the box office in its first week. This eccentric love story is gaining recognition for Jonez’s unique concept and perception on love, society, and technology.