“I think anybody who falls in love is a freak. It’s a crazy thing to do. It’s kind of like a form of socially acceptable insanity” – Amy, Her – 2014

What if you fell for Siri?

It’s the 15th February today which means that yesterday was that awful day in the year whereby people spend silly money on red and heart shaped gifts, pay for set menus at overpriced restaurants and tell each other they love/like each other as if that can’t be done on any other day? I’m not against this day in particular because I’m single, I’ve been a disliker of valentines whilst being in a relationship too. I feel that actually its a massive marketing ploy to get people to spend money on things they don’t really need (i.e. heart shaped fried egg makers, fairy lights, cards and other gifts), anyway my point here is, actually why do people use society/card shops seasonality to spend time with their loved one/crush when this could be done any other day of year!


I personally prefer to celebrate my friend Rach’s birthday, which is why I am heading back up north to see her and the girls this evening for our usual Thai meal and cocktails in Liverpool One!
In the spirit of doing something on a Friday night however, my flatmate Grace and I went to the Clapham Picturehouse with said v-day couples to see “Her”, a film written, directed and produced by Spike Jonze. Her has been nominated for three Golden Globes and five Academy Awards, and I can completely understand why. The story is set in the not too distance, yet more technologically advance future. Theodore, played by Joaquin Pheonix, is somewhat lonely having recently split from his wife, that is until he invests in the latest operating system for his computer. OS1, an artificially intelligent system creates a persona, in Theo’s case named Samantha, who he interacts with through his desk top and portable ear piece. Samantha, being such an intelligent system is continually learning, and soon they develop what we now would think of as an unusual “relationship”, as they bond over thoughts on life and love. Scarlett Johansson’s portrayal of Samantha, through just her voice, really demonstrates the complex character that the OS has developed the more she learns. 
The film follows this relationship and those Theodore has with his soon to be ex-wife, and old friend Amy, who too bonds with an OS. It is an interesting insight to the future of technology and the relationships that can exist within life, be them with partners, friends and even the technology that is so prominent in our lives even now. I would absolutely recommend people see this film, as it is really captivating and I thoroughly enjoyed the portrayal of each character as they developed and changed throughout the story.
Clapham Picturehouse and the Ritzy cinema in Brixton are owned by the same company. They are much more personalised cinema screens, which don’t come cheap (but which cinema is cheap these days really?!), however they have bright red chairs which rock backwards for extra comfort, there’s a bar which means you can take in glasses of wine for a much more sophisticated big screen experience. 
A friend at work went to an even better cinema a couple of weeks ago, which had sofas and blankets to cuddle up under, definitely somewhere I’d like to try!
See the trailer for Her here.

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