“An emotionally involving and wonderfully layered look at our desire to reach out and connect,” Yep, that’s us quoted in the trailer for Spike Jonze‘s upcoming sci-fi-ish romance drama, “Her” (much to our surprise). The Golden Globes might have disqualified Scarlett Johansson for being awards-eligible because the actress doesn’t appear once on screen (just her disembodied voice), but those of us in the know know that’s kind of shortsighted BS. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson with supporting roles by Olivia Wilde, Rooney Mara, Chris Pratt, Portia Doubleday and more (listen for those voice cameos), “Her” centers on a man in a not-too-distant future, who essentially falls in love with his non-existent, but sentient, emotional operating system (read our review here). Here’s the full-blown synopsis:
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.
The Arcade Fire track you hear at the beginning of the trailer is actually the song used in the film’s closing credits (the director recently said the song was written for the movie, but then morphed into its own song for the band’s recent album Reflektor). The Montreal band (along with frequent collaborator Owen Pallet), wrote elements of the score for the movie and it’s one of our favorites of the year. “Her” opens December 18th and then expands wider in January. FYC poster via Movielicious.