What if one fell in love with the voice of a computer?
That’s the premise of the new film from Spike Jonze titled HER . Obviously inspired by the IOS program SIRI, the movie will undoubtedly explore the nature of love in all its unique forms. One can see from this trailer that things eventually get complicated, bordering on creepy when the main character starts to fall in love with an inanimate object. It doesn’t help matters that Joaquin’s character is sporting a full on perv mustache. Having the voice of Scarlett Johanson play the voice of the computer program, creates a little more sympathy for Joaquin’s character. I also think Joaquin is the perfect actor for this role. He seems really on top of his game, coming on the heels of his critically acclaimed performance in THE MASTER. Having Spike Jonze at the helm should also make an interesting pairing. The match insures a fascinating character exploration and quirky, potentially heartbreaking story.
HER stars Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Olivia Wlde, Rooney Mara and Scarlett Johansson. The film is directed by Spike Jonze. HER is scheduled for release on November 20, 2013.
UPDATE: The film is being pushed back to December 18th, 2013. Industry analysts think it is to give the film more award season buzz and consideration.
Set in Los Angeles, slightly in the future, “her” follows Theodore Twombly, a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people. Heartbroken after the end of a long relationship, he becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system, which promises to be an intuitive entity in its own right, individual to each user. Upon initiating it, he is delighted to meet “Samantha,” a bright, female voice, who is insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny. As her needs and desires grow, in tandem with his own, their friendship deepens into an eventual love for each other. From the unique perspective of Oscar-nominated filmmaker Spike Jonze comes an original love story that explores the evolving nature—and the risks—of intimacy in the modern world.