2.5 stars. "It's Him FOR Her". i.e. Diet Zero calorie Her. Far from the best written episode in the series but arguably has some of the best acting thus far (From the female lead here). Solidly shot and directed but overall a shallow and lower tier Black Mirror episode. (I'm working my way through B.M. in order whenever I have free time)
The digital era brings us these things and these things are the television series that generically guaranteed an immeasurable increase in televisions' audiences and "modernized" / formatted / generalized languages, invading the cinema. So i insist on bringing them here, though little stimulated by these fictions without writing. And the story continues ...
2.9. Extremely well-executed, as usual--in fact, the series' story-telling efficiency, impeccable acting, and high-sheen visuals align just-so with its prevailing themes of creeping emotional aversion and displacement in a year-next-door regime of commercialized virtuality. Everywhere you turn, your own private uncanny valley. But I suspect it gets (and not alone, cf. Westworld) the embodied AI-to-VR ratio all wrong.
Mybe the best recent experiment in sci-fi with the theme of AI (and I'm including Ex-Machina and Her). And it avoids fetichist traps, like Ex-Machina (man and his gynoid). This is, aparentely, the dream of Ray Kurzweil: bring your loved one back - gathering all the information left behind, making semantic connections, with computational power we do not have yet, creating a "person". Here it is. Let's dare look at it.
The first half reminded me of "Her": an emotional story complemented with smart use of sci-fi elements that seemed so plausible to exist within the next 5, 10 years. Then the physical body arrived and things got crazier, but this was still a clever episode, in line to what is the spirit of the series.
For all those damning by comparison, it is worth noting that 'Be Right Back' pre-dates 'Her' (admittedly by months), 'Humans' and 'Majorie Prime' - 'Black Mirror' does tend to ride the waves first, even while it does not always reach the highest crests. This is a very quiet episode, teasing out the ethical and psychological implications of the technology without much drama. It has a pleasingly melancholy tone.