There’s nothing like a good old fashioned, tear inducing love story to fill your heart with joy and happiness. Spike Jonze’s latest film, Her, is absolutely nothing like a good old fashioned, tear inducing love story. It is about a grown man who falls in love with his mobile phone operating system. To be fair, this has almost certainly happened in real life somewhere in the world, as the line between reality and fantasy becomes ever more blurred thanks to the rapid advancement in technology.
Her stars Joaquin Phoenix as lonely writer Theodore Twombly, which could possibly be one of the greatest names ever concocted for a film character. If the name doesn’t say ‘computer geek’ to you, then what looks like comedy glasses and stick on moustache gives the clear impression that Theodore is a slightly nerdy, lonely man, a man who is still heartbroken over the breakup of a long term relationship with Catherine (Rooney Mara). Whilst most men would immediately start hitting the town in their best shirt/trouser combo to meet beautiful women, or turn to internet dating if they’re not fussy, Joaquin falls deeply in love with Samantha, his advanced mobile phone operating system (OS). That’s right. We said his mobile phone operating system.
For those who have an iPhone, it’s a bit like Siri, only it works properly. The OS has an extremely sexy voice (Scarlett Johansson has clearly spent her evenings at ‘sexy voice’ classes), and their imaginary friendship grows quickly, and deepens into an eventual love for each other.
This sounds like one of the strangest ideas for a film for a long time, but the trailer looks fantastic, and the film has already been tipped for the Oscars, as well as several other awards. Also starring Amy Adams, Olivia Wilde, Chris Pratt and Portia Doubleday, Her is due for release in the UK on January 24.