Writer-Director Spike Jonze’s Her is an altogether beautiful film. If you haven’t seen it yet, you should. One of the film’s themes, written with plenty of sharp insight by Jonze, is the sustainability of human relationships when the factor of individual growth and change is in play. This is reflected upon not only in main character Theodore’s (Joaquin Phoenix) past relationship with his ex-wife Catherine (Rooney Mara), but in the romance he develops with his new operating system Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johansson), whose consciousness develops at a rate even faster than us humans. For two people to connect amidst an ocean of personal grey area is nothing short of miraculous. But how well can those entities stay connected when both of them are progressing in different ways, at different speeds?
And can this idea expand to our collective relationship with the earth? Humankind and the planet affect and interact with each other at every point, our actions having a constant influence on the growth of the other. And when changes occur on one end, it takes an adjustment on the other in order to stay on the same page, even though that change and adjustment might seem like a scary one. What causes dysfunction in the relationship between humans and the earth is when we’re not able or willing to make the adjustments that the earth’s progression requires (*cough*global warming*cough*).
Perhaps it is this perspective, though, that can help us to interact with the earth in a healthier way. Realizing that our planet is not a static and steady piece of land but rather a constantly changing thing that is very much alive could go a long way in how we view our treatment of it.
But seriously, go see Her. Watching it is a wonderfully human experience that you shouldn’t miss out on. You can check out the trailer below.