Aug 8, 2013

Thanks A Million: Her Trailer

Welcome to Thanks A Million. Today we're gonna talk about what I'm grateful for this week, and it comes in the form of a movie trailer. Give it a watch.

10 points to Slytherin if you didn't cry. Yes inner crying counts. So, why am I thankful for a trailer about this middle aged man in the not so distant future that is essentially in love with a glorified Siri? Let me break it down:
  1. This is one of the few refreshing "love story" premises I've seen in my short 20 years of life. We are in this age where technology is embedded in our lives whether we like it or not. Who's to say that, with Artificial Intelligence involved, the technology wouldn't know us better than a fellow human could know us? Could they be enamored with our traits, and inversely could we be enamored with theirs?
  2. This movie follows the healing of a human heart, but in an unconventional way. Theodore is no longer married (not exactly sure what happened) and hasn't even begun to heal until Samantha, the operating system comes in. Some people cannot do it their own, and Theodore will ultimately owe Samantha a lot for teaching him how to love and live openly again.
  3. We have some great performances going on. Joaquin Phoenix (I Walk The Line), Scarlett Johansson (The Avengers), Amy Adams (Man Of Steel), and Rooney Mara (Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) have proven more than once they can deliver strong believable characters on screen. I love when I get more than a piece of cardboard with makeup in my movies.
  4. This movie, will hopefully, have you questioning the parameters of love. Love is defined in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as "strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties," "attraction based on sexual desire," and "affection based on admiration, benevolence, or common interests." Samantha, we can see, is connecting with Theodore on a level he hasn't had in a while. He expresses a desire to touch her (simmer down there, Joaquin). We get to hear him profess "I've never loved anyone the way I love you." which Samantha replies with, "Me too." This is not an untrue statement. I can bet you he literally has never loved an operating system as he loves Samantha, but also he is including people in this statement. In all technical terms, this is love. You can love a person (man, woman, other), a book, a show, and an operating system.
Do I like mindless blockbuster action films? Yes, but there is a time for them and certainly they aren't pushing the envelop or our minds. Still not convinced this movie is one you'd be interested in, I'd still recommend you give it a shot. Can't be any worse than that movie Olympus Has Fallen.

Interested in seeing the movie? Did you like the choice of actors? Does the premise seem too weird to you? Comments are always welcome!

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