After taking a seven year break between Adaptation and Where the Wild Things Are, Spike Jonze is back just four years after that latter film with Her, dubbed “A Spike Jonze Love Story”. The film stars Joaquin Phoenix as a socially inept man dealing with love lost who falls in love with a computer program who processes the sultry voice of Scarlett Johansson.
I don’t blame him.
Check out the film’s trailer below:
“Visionary” is a term that gets thrown around a lot in the film blogosphere. Usually it’s applied to two kinds of filmmakers on two very different ends of a career spectrum. The first is an impressive up-and-comer with little to show in terms of quantity of work, but mounds to show for in terms of quality. Those filmmakers eventually migrate to auteur status, filmmakers with a distinct style and flair that follows them around with every film they make.
Jonze is a director that uniquely sits in a middle ground of those two ends. The forty-five year old director, while active in the film industry since 1999, when he introduced the world to his manic vision with Being John Malkovich, has but four films to his name. His body of work is extremely small yet his style, wit and sense of humor is unmistakable and Her seems to have it all in spades.
Her is prepping for a November 20th release via Warner Bros. and also stars Amy Adams (who starred alongside Phoenix in Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master last year), Rooney Mara and Olivia Wilde.