After delivering a career best performance in Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master, Joaquin Phoenix returns with an equally bizarre, yet much more gentle role in Spike Jonze’s new film, Her.
Fans of Jonze’s work will already have a good idea what to expect: quirky, offbeat comedy, an emotional core and a strangely uplifting story, Her has all the traits of the directors previous works. If you have seen the gorgeous Where the Wild Things Are, the baffling Being John Malkovich or Adaptation, then Her will surely win you over.
The film centers on Phoenix as Theodore, a lonely, divorced writer who falls in love with a computer programme. Judging by the trailer, the film will deliver comedy, romance and emotion on equal measure, in only a way Jonze can provide.
What is also very exciting is that Arcade Fire (one of my favourite bands) will be providing the soundtrack for the film. The Canadian band also wrote an acoustic version of their classic ‘Wake Up’ for Where the Wild Things Are, and Jonze himself directed the bands thirty minute short film, The Suburbs.
Her is written and directed by Spike Jonze, and the cast includes Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, Chris Pratt and Sam Jaegar. The film arrives in US cinemas on November 20th, no UK date has been announced yet.
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 lovefor 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.