The romantic comedy-drama has been picking up awards and nominations ever since its debut on the festival circuit in New York last year, building momentum nicely towards the Oscars.
In celebration of the film’s wide release, Warner Bros. has cut a brilliant new trailer taking us behind the scenes of the film, with Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson’s dialogue heard over the top.
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.
Phoenix takes the lead as the ingeniously-named Theodore Twombly, with Johansson lending her vocal talents as the voice of his computer, Samantha. The ensemble cast is every bit as good as the leads, with Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, Amy Adams, and Chris Pratt starring alongside Phoenix and Johansson.
Jonze is directing from his own script, with Megan Ellison (Zero Dark Thirty, True Grit) and Jonze’s past collaborator, Vincent Landay (Adaptation., Being John Malkovich) producing.
Her opens on wide release in the US today, January 10th. We’ve a little longer to wait here with its UK release date set for 14th February, but it certainly looks like it’s going to be well worth the wait.