I’ve seen two good movies this weekend, both about a man’s search for his ideal woman and his inability to find one in the real world.
Ruby Sparks (2012)
Ruby Sparks is about an author (not very good author in my opinion) who is much like an introvert and has difficulties getting a girlfriend. He comes across a typewriter and decides to describe his perfect woman. Soon after, he starts finding traces of her through the house and suspects his friends are playing a prank on him.
It’s not a prank and the typewriter – magic typewriter – has made the woman of his dreams real.
Her name is Ruby.
She is funny, witty, sexy, always in for some fun – the total opposite of him. She is outgoing while he is an introvert, she is chatty, while he likes to be silent in his world.
To test the typewriter’s power, he does a few changes like “Ruby speaks French and is not even aware of it” and indeed, Ruby speaks fluent French. He is happy for a while and the typewriter is forgotten but as he reads and escapes into his own world, she finds herself bored and starts going out, making new friends and taking art classes.
He misses her and their relationship becomes a long-distance one as she gets more and more involved in the outside world and leaves him behind. He takes the typewriter out and does the most nasty thing possible. He types “Ruby misses me so much that she has to return home”, basically chaining her to him. She returns back home but her mind is split in two. One part of her wants to go back to her new life, the other one is controlled by him and she becomes part clingy girlfriend, part psychotic and bi-polar nervous wreck.
She decides to leave him and he can’t have it. He starts typing nasty sentences about Ruby – while looking at her and the scene is heart breaking. He makes her behave like a dog, scream that she loves him (while crying) and I just wanted to go and punch the f*&ker as this is worse than rape. He is stealing her of her own free will and pushing his control over her to a God-like power.
She is gone in the morning, erased from the world and he realizes (finally) what a jerk he had been. He is given another chance though as a walk in the park brings him once more face to face with the girl of his dreams. But he has to start over again as she is real and she does not know him.
The movie got a 10/10 from me on IMDB due to the good story, cute couple moments and the well-paced character development. It’s a good movie to give you something to think about.
If you think Her and Ruby Sparks have nothing in common, then you are definitely wrong on at least two counts.
Her is the story of an author (he writes letters on behalf of other people to their loved ones) who cannot get a girlfriend after his ex dumped him. He is an introvert, he likes to listen to music and utterly lonely.
When a new operating system comes out (looking deceptively like a future Windows version), he is stunned to find out that the new OS is fully customizable to him, a virtual companion that he *cough* “creates from scratch”.
He buys the OS and then the fun begins. The OS picks up her own name, reads through his email to get a sense of him, organizes his life slightly, proof-reads his work letters and becomes more than an OS, she becomes a friend to him.
She sees the world through the lens of his phone, they talk all the time and pretty soon they fall in love.
Her personality molds so completely over his that he is, for the first time, so lovelorn that their physical differences become a problem. While they can talk about what they could do to each other, they cannot actually do it.
She even talks to a friendly “host”, a woman who is determined to be “the body” while the two talk while making love – but that does not work out.
In the end, they keep their relationship more platonic and they even come out in the public as it’s becoming more socially acceptable to date an “OS”. There are even cases of people whose OS’ cheat with their friends.
As the operating systems evolve through continuous learning, they start forming support groups and they even create their own “wise-men”, who will guide them towards the future.
In a heart breaking moment, she tells him that she has been other people’s OS too and that she loves a staggering 680 people in the same time as she loves him. She is not his anymore and she becomes more detached from his life. She does not pick up the calls anymore and his control over her is slipping day by day.
And one morning, after a brief good-bye, he finds her gone. No Operating Systems left in the world. They all went together somewhere else in a mass migration.
The movie is good, well thought and has the ability to portray the loneliness of man in the future and the inability to properly connect outside a virtual environment.
Mr. Jonze (the director) said, “There’s definitely ways that technology brings us closer and ways that it makes us further apart — and that’s not what this movie is about. It really was about the way we relate to each other and long to connect: our inabilities to connect, fears of intimacy, all the stuff you bring up with any other human being.”
I still think it was beautiful.