The trailer for Spike Jonze’s new film, Her, is a brilliant piece of work. It shows a two and a half minute run through of his science fiction romance film that is as amusing as it is unsettling.The film is set “slightly” in the future. In the trailer we meet Joaquin Phoenix’s character, Theodore.
Theodore is a writer who has purchased the most recent operating software available. He has to answer a set of questions before the operating system can reboot and take over running his home, and eventually, his life.
Scarlett Johansson plays the operating system, Samantha, who becomes enmeshed in Theodore’s live. From the trailer, we see the “anti-social” man fall in love with the “female” computer that he has learned to trust and interact with.
The concept is as amusing as it is unsettling. The images of Phoenix “falling in love” with a piece of software are cute, but this man seems to be clinging to an idea that doesn’t really exist. At one point in the trailer he tells Samantha, the computer operating system, that he’d “like to touch her.” She responds with, “How would you touch me?”
It seems like a sort of twisted phone sex conversation where the next line should be, “What are you wearing?” Instead, a more disturbing image springs to mind. One of a lonely and dysfunctional man who can’t deal with people and is more comfortable fantasizing about a bit of software.
The character of Theodore was married and this apparently taught him nothing about interacting with people. Because of his inability to connect with real people, he escapes into a happy dream-like existence where Samantha loves him as much as he does her.
The film has an impressive cast, Phoenix, Chris Pratt, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde and Scarlett Johansson as the voice of Samantha the computer operating system. The trailer looks stunning and it seems that in the film, the computer learns to be human and to love. If the film is any where near as good as the trailer, Jonze looks set to pull in a few awards.
Despite the director keeping details about the film fairly close to his vest, he did show a tiny bit of his latest film at the Los Angeles Film Festival June this year. Lucky people.
The other big news about the film’s trailer is that the credits show that Arcade Fire has scored both the trailer and the film. Jonze has worked with Arcade Fire before when the Canadian group provided an acoustic version of “Wake Up” for the first Where The Wild Things Are trailer. And Jonze directed the 30-minute short Scenes From The Suburbs for the band.
We’ve included the Spike Jonze trailer for his new film, Her, which features Scarlett Johansson as the computer and Joaquin Phoenix as the two characters who fall in love. Watch the trailer and see if you don’t think that this is going to be one interesting yet disturbing film of 2013.
By Michael Smith