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Spike Jonze

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Spike Jonze is a well-known American actor, screenwriter, producer and director. His work includes commercials, music videos, television, and film. One of his films, however, stands out to the world. Her was directed, produced and written by Jonze in 2013, and made his solo screenwriting debut. The film established groundbreaking production design. Her uncovers a bright and vibrant future populated by human-friendly technologies. In a journal by Hugh Hart, he interviews the production designer K.K. Barrett. Hart asks, “Why no gloom or doom?” Barrett answers with, “There are a number of films that cover that very well so we didn’t need to go there. This is a pleasant, soft future where everything is designed to everybody’s personal taste” (Hart…show more content…
The technology has advanced in the film to where people play video games projected on holograms. People wear ear buds in one ear, then carry a slim and compact pocket square that shows them visuals when need be. The globe’s first artificially intelligent operating system called “O.S. 1” is sold in stores that look strangely related to the Apple store we know today. Theodore is a somber and complex Los Angeles resident going through a divorce. He buys his first O.S., and when he activates it, he meets Samantha. She sounds utterly realistic with her enthralling character. Samantha becomes more of a friend than a computer assistant. She helps Theodore get over his divorce, and urges him to accept a blind date invitation. The audience can’t help but fall in love with her at the same time as Theodore does. Her throaty laughter and sense of humor warms the film. Johansson’s voice brings Samantha to life. According to The Psych Report, “Our research suggests that it was not what Johansson said but rather how she said it, that made Samantha seem so real” (Schroeder 1). Her voice is so human that she almost seems even more human than other characters in the…show more content…
1”, but the theme of the film is about humanity, not technology. In a journal written by Kyle VanHemert, he also interviews production designer, K.K. Barrett. Barrett says, “We decided that the movie wasn’t about technology, or if it was, that the technology should be invisible” (VanHemert 2). It shows that someone is almost never truly alone, yet cannot escape loneliness. This concept reflects on what society seems like today. We have the world at our fingertips with technology and social media. A virtual connection to another human being is only a couple clicks away, with our smartphones and other devices on hand. The total number of social networking applications astonishes the mind, whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, FaceTime, and many others. Technology enables our connection with other people, yet it’s never really enough. Some of us still feel empty and lonely, an unsettling feeling of disconnect. Technology is enjoyable and we are contented, but there is still loneliness. Theodore became extremely lonely through a divorce with his wife Catherine. He spends a significant amount of time thinking about her, and there are several flashbacks throughout the film showing Theodore’s blissful relationship with her. He is dwelling in the present, but he is somehow stuck in the past. In the beginning of the film, he can’t sleep and he engages in a futuristic physicality of phone sex, but without the actual intimacy.
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