Joaquin Phoenix stars in Her, a bizarre comedy-drama about a writer who develops a romantic attachment to an operating system that takes care of his every need. The futuristic film centers on the soulful and lonely Theodore Twombly, who earns his living writing personal letters for others. In deep pain after the end of a long relationship, Theodore is attracted to “Samantha,” the bright female voice of his advanced operating system. The intuitive Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johansson) represents Theodore’s perfect woman: sensitive, insightful and funny. He begins to see her as a friend, then as a love interest.
The movie, which has been described by some as a romance, shows how technology both connects and isolates us. Judging from the trailer (above), it’s as offbeat as it sounds, verging at times on the creepy. Phoenix does an excellent job making the character of Theodore relatable, and Johansson enlivens the plot through her human portrayal of Samantha.
The film, written and directed by Spike Jones, also stars Amy Adams and Rooney Mara, with appearances by Olivia Wilde and Chris Pratt.
Her opens in limited release Dec. 18 and wide release Jan. 10, 2014.
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