Her, Spike Jonze’s fourth feature film and the first written by his own hand, has been hailed by critics in his homeland as an emotionally satisfying and deeply personal masterpiece which revolves around the disconnected denizens of a near-future Los Angeles and the ever evolving relationship held between humans and the technology we keep in our pockets. But not everyone is as enamoured as the critics with the director’s cynicism-free take on an unlikely love story between Joaquin Phenix’s Theodore – dude who loves technology almost as much as Kip Dynamite does – and Scarlett Johansonn’s operating system love interest, Samantha. Namely, that cold hard bitch Siri.
Intrepid Wired contributor Angela Watercutter recently asked her know-it-all smartphone assistant if she was Samantha, causing Siri to throw a small dose of shade on Johansonn’s “beyond artificial” portrayal of a sentient smartphone operating system. “No,” Siri replied. “Her portrayal of an intelligent agent is beyond artificial.” When asked if she was “her”, Siri then responded “No. In my opinion, she gives artificial intelligence a bad name.”
Damn, Siri. Voice activated smartphone assistant on voice activated smartphone assistant hate makes us sad face emoji.
Her is slated for Australian release January 16. Watch the trailer below…