To be a bit flip, I've learned all I need to be happy is an apartment decorated in warm wood tones, writers to help my dialogue, and Scarlett Johansson to voice act my digital interactions.
Actually, though, I really liked the cinematography of Her; the film was beautifully shot, evoking that soft, present feeling like when you've just awoken and you take in your surroundings afresh, before the onrush of memories and thoughts draws you into the day proper.
But as a concept, I'm less moved and invested. I love me a good sci-fi love story, because I both love the promise of technology, and believe in the manifold and analogue nature of the emotional state. Her is lacking as a love story, it is neither tragic, nor redeeming, nor fulfilling.
I wouldn't be as critical as The Economist in last week's review, but I do believe there's a lot of wish fulfillment going on. I feel the viewer is encouraged to grant the benefit of the doubt on the OS' ability to love, purely out of most people's ignorance of technology. I wasn't able to suspend disbelief, and the swan song for Theodore and Samantha's relationship felt like a finely wrought cop-out. I should like to be broken up with in such a beautiful way though.
I'm reminded of an anime series, Chobits, which has some parallels in that it also looks at what is an acceptable relationship in society and the extent that love exists within ones mind as it does between two people. I might suggest the anime looks at these questions more deeply however, because it also considers the dynamics of the asymmetric relationship, of possession, and of sacrifice.
In contrast, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, another sci-fi love story, looks at imagined technology as a modifier, rather than an object of love. Joel's love for Clementine is inexplicable, only making sense sue to the human element, while Theodore's love for Samantha is perfectly sensible, whether or not you ignore the technical challenges.
I enjoyed the watching of the film, and would recommend it because it is an interesting vision of the future, but the story of their love is too easy and thus unsatisfying; Samantha is made to be loved by Theodore. I'd believe the feeling truly exists in him, but there is a distance, a gap, in Her.