Her ★★★★★

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This review may contain spoilers.

"I'm yours, and I'm not yours."

I'm not sure what to say about this film because it feels like I went through every human emotion possible while watching it. I was happy seeing Theodore be happy with Samantha, I was sad to see the way that relationship ended, I was proud to see Theodore & Amy allow themselves and others to move on and let themselves grow in a way I think I wouldn't be able to. I was in awe of the beauty this film embodies. From the LA of the near future that stuns you with an abstaract aesthetic that oddly enought doesn't seem so out of reach, to the well chosen color pallet with its soft lighting, Joaquin Phoenix's so incredibly melancholic acting & the quiet soundtrack.

Don't get me wrong the idea of a human falling in love with something or someone non human isn't particularly new but I loved the way Her handled it. How much it had to say about our common perception of romance and masculinity.

" You are part man and part woman. Like there's an inner part that's woman."
"Thank you."
"It's a compliment."

Usually when romance is portrayed in media there is always something or someone who is wrong. Whether it's an issue caused by one of the characters not wanting to admit their feelings or a third character that makes things difficult, there is always a conflict that needs to be overcome so that love can win.
Her isn't like this.

It shows that sometimes the truest love you can show someone is letting them go, letting them be the version of themselves that they want to be. Even if it hurts, even if it's without you.

"I'm yours, and I'm not yours."

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