Spike Jonze returns with a screenwriting debut of an unconventional love story about a detached Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) and his relationship with Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johansson), an artificially intelligent operating system. With the rise of Siri and the constant discussion about man slowly preferring to live a cyber reality by losing themselves in technology and being more social online---I think Spike Jonze picked a perfect time and generation to create "Her".
The story reminds me a lot of Chobits, an anime that I believe created the idea of personalized computer systems. The main argument with Chobits was whether or not a relationship with a real person was better, let alone necessary, when you can own something that was created to be with you. The other side of the coin questions the genuineness of this relationship, and if falling in love with a machine could really bring a person happiness when they cannot reciprocate the magnitude of this love. I'm sure, at some point, this will come out in Her---unless Samantha is actually a phone operator spying on Theodore 24/7.
The trailer is really intriguing by revealing just the right amount of information and the general plot. I love the music, the color scheme, cinematography, and general mood of the film based on the snippets shown. I'm trying to imagine the stage Spike Jonze has set for his characters, the dialogue between man and (sort of) machine, and what it means to love through his eyes.
I honestly can't imagine growing to love a computer, but I'm willing to let Spike Jonze explore that idea. I just hope it won't be composed of too many self-indulgent "pretty" shots and voiceovers.
Her had it's premiere in the 51st New York Film Festival last October 12, 2013 and will have a limited release in November 20, 2013. Another limited release is set for December 18, 2013, and (FINALLY) it will have a nationwide premiere will be on January 10, 2013.
Watch the trailer here: