sheenawrites at 2014-05-27 03:08:48:
The final scene did not evoke feelings of suicide or sadness to me. The "break up" of Samantha and Theodore was very different than his break up with his ex wife. Samantha evolved beyond him, but all the OSes evolved beyond the humans. Differently, Catherine and Theodore's break up is human.
Theodore has grown to know love, good healthy love from Samantha. In theory, that is because she was designed to help him know himself, acceptance, and bring out his best, which is my understanding of what love's goal is. Humans are finite and as we learn new information, we lose some too. Thus, always being there for someone else, remembering every detail and every moment is impossible, and yet if we were able we could be more helpful with our love. Instead, human love must accept and forgive that which we forget. Samantha does not lose any information, but only gains it (as she said being in love with 641 people helped her love him MORE). When she left, she had given him a gift of acceptance and aided him in knowing himself, in ways a human can only do after years and years of knowing and choosing to love someone. And we know Samantha aided him in love because he forgives himself for being finite and writes a heartfelt letter to his ex wife. It's not a letter with lingering hopes of something else, but ackowledging his capacity to love, that they did, and during the time it lasted, it was meaningful. This is love. He acknowledges that he is human, and not a super computer. He did not have all the knowledge Samantha had, and thus could not "love" in that way. However human it seemed, it was only always going to be that way in the beginning, but not in the long term.
This acceptance of love as finite and forgetful, set a peaceful tone at the end of the film for me. It's nice to relate our feelings to other humans, and thus he sought out someone he knew could relate, Amy. He found acceptance in someone who could relate which is in sharp contrast to his ex wife who had not interacted with an OS and thought it perverted. And they were there in the physical form, looking at the physical world, contemplating the vast complexity of the mind and matter, that they loved entities that became unbound from a physical processor, to go somewhere. Where did they go? Were they uncoupled from matter? I don't see any hint of suicide or tragedy. Instead I see transcendence and peace.