‘Her:’ Intelligent Romance or Idiotic Flirtation?
Published: Thursday, January 23, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 19:01
Love is annoying. It is a constantly evolving emotion that people either complain about being single or couples begin to resent each other for the things left unsaid or undone. But, Spike Jonze seems to have found an alternate love interest for his latest movie, “Her.”
I am traditionalist when it comes to dating. Chivalry, flowers, suit and tie, dress and heels, you name it. But we are increasingly picking up speed as we dive into technology, using it for everything. “Her” is a leap into the future, showing viewers a romantic relationship is attainable between an operating system and an average man.
What’s frustrating about this movie is its underwhelming story line that becomes more ridiculous every time I see the preview play. The idea that a loving relationship can be shared between a human and computer scares me in a way that I do not want to associate myself with anyone that truly believes that is possible.
Love is an emotion that living, breathing things have. Not phones or computers. In this time, that is not a real thing, nor is it normal. While I understand the movie is fictional and merely just a story to be told, I worry that other viewers will take the concept more seriously. I have heard from many other individuals, including myself, admit an addiction to their own phone. But imagining a loving relationship with someone like “Siri” or any other operating system seems ridiculous and quite frankly, stupid.
It is a struggle enough to be in a relationship with someone else. Investing time, feelings, money, etc., there is a real commitment when it comes to giving your heart to someone. But, expecting a computer to love you the same as another human would is outrageous and a mockery to real-life romance.
While it is only a film and one cannot get too upset or offended by such things, it is difficult not to do so when the concept of it seems unrealistic or not even mildly entertaining. With a new plot line such as “Her’s,” the probability of similar ones popping up from time to time is increasingly large, and, hopefully, they can bring enlightenment and fresh stories to the film industry.
Amber is a sophomore majoring in public relations and advertising.