After earning a release date change to coincide with the holiday season, Her – the latest movie from ingenious music video director turned feature filmmaker Spike Jonze – premieres in less than two weeks in US theaters. Coming up in advance of that, Annapurna and Warner Bros. have cut a new teaser for the film (seen above), which tells the tale of a withdrawn, lovesick man (Joaquin Phoenix) who unexpectedly falls in love with his computer’s high-tech operating system, “Samantha” (Scarlett Johansson); theirs is an unconventional romance, to say the least, but after taking a gander at the clip, it becomes difficult to judge the bond between the two.
In comparison to the first trailer, which put almost all of the emphasis on Phoenix himself, this new bit has more to say about Theodore’s human relationships; that includes his ex-wife, Catherine (Rooney Mara), and his old college chum, Amy (Amy Adams), as well as blind date Olivia Wilde. They’re the elements of Theodore’s life that explain his self-isolation, highlight why the personal connections he makes fail, and also provide a counterpoint that underscores why he ultimately seeks out companionship and affection from an artificial intelligence.
Of course, Samantha’s so bubbly, playful, insightful, and witty that it’s easy to see how anybody might end up being charmed by her; Johansson’s vocal performance sounds like it’s right on the money here. Indeed, Her‘s greatest joy absolutely looks to be the way that she and Phoenix interact throughout the picture.
Here’s the full 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.
To go along with the trailer, we’ve also got a humongous gallery of high-resolution images from Her, courtesy of Collider. Many of these shots can be seen in the trailer itself, though taken in still form, it’s easier to appreciate Jonze’s framing and composition – so, if nothing else, Her at the very least looks fantastic. (It’s worth noting that this is Jonze’s first time flying solo on screenwriting duties.) Based on the footage seen here, though, Her should prove to be a moving, complex, deeply thought-provoking film.
We’ll see for ourselves whether Her lives up to expectations soon enough, but in the meantime, this is some wonderful eye candy. Check out the pictures below for yourself, and enjoy:
Her arrives in theaters on December 18th, 2013.