I’ve been looking forward to Spike Jonze’s Her ever since it had been announced… if only because at the time it sounded like it was going to be another story about a Manic Pixie Dream Girl teaching a beleaguered, sensitive soul how to love and make his life better and I could always use more material to talk about why romantic comedies are actually really bad for you. So you can imagine my pleasant surprise to find that Her is really good. It is alternately sweet, awkward and painful in equal measures in all the best ways, with one of the most plausible near futures – complete with self-consciously retro ’70’s fashion and design – that I’ve seen in quite some time.
What made it especially interesting for me was that, considering that it’s about a man who falls in love with his computer1 there’s a lot for geeks to learn from in this movie.
And not always the things you might expect. In fact, in many ways, it’s a lesson on what not to do.
- Incoming Apple fan jokes in 3… 2… [↩]