AI in Cinema: Her

June 6th, 2015

I’ve never seen a more convincing depiction of a love affair between a person and a computer as the one shown in the movie, Her. Directed by Spike Jonze in 2013, Her is a refreshingly humanistic portrayal of artificial intelligence. The film is low on action, but it doesn’t need it. This is not another cautionary tale about a dystopian future in which technology attacks. Instead, it’s a story about how people (conscious AIs included) fall in love, grow, and change.

What I particularly enjoyed about the movie was its subtlety. The plot was mainly driven by introspection. To make these emotions tangible to the viewer, the mood of a scene was conveyed through artful shots of the environment. For example, when tensions are high in one particular scene, the screen zooms in slowly on a teapot starting to whistle; on the brink of boiling over. The movie conveys the loneliness of being in a crowded room through its montages of human faces passing by. Viewers get the sense that the world is colorful, alive, and generally peaceful. In short, H​er​ depicts the kind of future I personally hope to live in.

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