Some times I’m happy and I go, watch a film. Some times I watch a film and then I’m happy.
But today, I saw Her and I’m happy just for the reality that film exists.
Film is simply, more than a consciousness that defines our multitude of emotions. The answers we seek, the silences echoing inside us, our memories we doubt as dreams and never ending gush of thoughts dying out even before we realize and experience them.
Her is truly the power of cinema and infinite ways we look at ourselves and every thing around.
Director Spike Jonze’s Adaptation blew my mind away. It is undoubtedly one of the greatest films I’ve ever seen. I am yet to watch his other films. Now comes along the way, is Her. As my expectations and excitement kept me restless, Spike, as any maestro would do, took no time to transcend my physical realm into the film’s consciousness. I felt lost into Her beautiful world and every thing I saw and every emotion I experienced reverberated as reality.
Her is a journey to know that, love is not to be understood but felt. The same, would serve right for Her. A film, about a guy falling in love with an artificial intelligence, too must be felt, not understood. All way along, the film is more about self inquiry. As love is about our adamant belief in self-doubt, Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) and Samantha (Scarlett Johansson) are in eternal doubt about their collective existence and its implications on each of their individualism.
The perspective of woman in the film is invisible. It deeply intrigues the existence of woman and universalization of woman’s grand beauty around us.
I always felt Great Expectations to be the greatest love story I’ve seen. May be I share a thought with Woody Allen‘s quote in Vicky Cristina Barcelona,
Unrequited love is the most romantic.
To look into Ethan hawke’s and Glyneth paltrow eyes, Just to look at them, and feel the in-culminated love for each other. But Her surpasses such emotion.The intimacy between Theodore and Samantha is surreal. Samantha is never seen in the film. The existence of Woman in Her is purely and absolutely emotional, as it is ought to be.
What makes you fall in love with a person? Really ? This question seems to bewildering us since the inception of universe and the quest over this question has been the singular binding life-force, since then.
The possibility of falling in love with an artificial intelligence, drives us to delve deeper into our understanding about Love and Soul.
Samantha’s words, actions, wants, and her philosophical introspections might or might not let us define her as a person with a soul.
In one of the most interesting scenes of the film , Samantha is constantly obsessed about her not having a body and slightly jealous over his ex-wife. She tells him, all of us have been part of the same matter around us since 13 billion years.
People die, take birth and all the things that keep evolving have to be a part the absolute matter around us. That makes every thing the same, at certain level.The limitation of physical matter impels us to the unification all entity.
We talk about love beyond the looks, beyond physicality. When we define a person in terms of Love, it has to be beyond just a collection of thoughts and actions. Her has even gone beyond such definitions.
The need for love and our sufferings in its quest are unreasonable and inherently destined.
I can never get over her.