A bunch of us (myself included) made a big stink over Spike Jonze's short film I'm Here after it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. In fact, it was probably one of the best films I saw at the festival -- so full of originality and the kind of mysterious mythology that will have sci-fi geeks wishing they could spend more time in the world he created. It's also a pretty brilliant take on an abusive relationship; the kind where one person is enabling the other to self-destruct right before their eyes. It's haunting, beautiful, whimsical and overwhelmingly heartbreaking all at the same time, and after a couple months under lock and key, the short has finally arrived online.
You can currently watch it in two places: Over on the official site they're allowing you to watch it, but only in blocks at a time. For example, this morning I clicked over and the next screening was an hour and fifteen minutes later. Alternatively (for the time being), you can also watch it on YouTube (we embedded it after the jump) in three different parts. The short was funded by Absolut vodka, but aside from a title card, it really has nothing at all to do with Absolut or vodka.
I'm Here is set in a world where robots and humans co-exist, though the former is only used for menial jobs and nothing much else. However, that's slowly changing -- robots are actually evolving -- and Jonze has set his film at a time where some robots are beginning to find a purpose; a reason for existence. They're also beginning to fall in love with each other. Read my longer review over here, and watch Spike Jonze's fantastic short I'm Here after the jump.