The first trailer for Spike Jonze’s new movie Her was released last week and generated a rush of positive buzz. The film is set in the near future and stars Joaquin Phoenix as Theodore, a lonely, soon-to-be-divorced writer who buys a new computer operating system named Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johansson). Samantha is so human and intuitive that Theodore begins to fall in love with “her.”
Prior to the release of the trailer, that description of the plot inspired a raft of Siri jokes, but the tone of the trailer is so full of longing and loss that those flip jibes fall flat once you’ve seen it. Jonze, 43, has not made a film in four years and first conceived of Her while working on his last, Where the Wild Things Are. He spoke with EW about Her and why he wanted to make it.
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