Professor Claire Laville
English 101 1 PM
3 October 2014
The presence of the Beautiful Letters Company in the film Her serves a distinct purpose to the plot; the company enhances the idea of technology’s progression. The clients of the company’s employees send requests or information about their relationship so that the employees could compose letters as if the person had actually written it. In the film, Theodore was sent information about how a certain couple met and the boyfriend gave him a description of his girlfriend. Theodore was able to take this information and create letters based off of the information he received.
Theodore was the ideal person to be an employee at the Beautiful Letters Company because of his ability to be in touch with his emotions. Theodore’s personality allows him to be more romantic and personal. Even the other characters in the film commented on how great Theodore’s letters were. Paul stated that Theodore is part man and part woman; he was commenting on his skill of writing letters for his clients. Throughout the film, we were able to see how his emotions were developed in the relationships he was in. His relationship with Samantha and how he felt about his divorce also showed that he is an emotional person.
In my opinion, I necessarily don’t think that the audience members are supposed to be upset by the company and the services that they provide. The services are not overpowering or unheard of in the context of the film because of the OS dating situation. The film shows how progressive technology could be in the future because it is a scientific-fiction film. Also they never really explain why the company exists in the film and I was never to assess why they decided to add the company and its concept. I don’t think the company’s presence adds too much to the film. Beautiful Letters Company does not need to be in the film.
The company does make the audience think of the future and how technology will influence society. The film also showed how lazy our society can get due to technology. People just send little descriptions and expect the employees of the company to work miracles with letters. Also, the OS system encourages laziness and makes the people who use it seem incapable of providing for themselves.