Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Tuesday’s Top Trailer: Her

Welcome to a weekly feature here at Movies with Abe, Tuesday's Top Trailer. One of my favorite parts about going to see movies is the series of trailers that airs beforehand and, more often than not, the trailer is far better than the actual film. Each week, I'll be sharing a trailer I've recently seen. Please chime in with comments on what you think of the trailer and how you think the movie is going to be.

Her – Opening December 18, 2013

I caught the end of this trailer before “Don Jon” a few weeks ago, but it was only in the midst of my quadruple feature on Sunday that I had the chance to screen it in its entirety (twice, in fact). Spike Jonze is a completely unique director, ambitiously taking on wild projects like “Being John Malkovich” and “Adaptation” before more recently bringing the classic book “Where the Wild Things Are” to glorious cinematic life. For his fourth feature film, Jonze pens his first original screenplay about a man who falls in love with the artificially intelligent female voice of his computer. It’s a story that only Jonze could tell, and it looks mesmerizing. Joaquin Phoenix, who has struggled to come back to prominence after tanking his career with an inexplicable series of actions several years ago, earned himself an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of a cult member in “The Master,” and he seems more than qualified for this part. This appears to be a focused, hypnotic performance fully in line with the way that Jonze chooses to see the world. Amy Adams, Olivia Wilde, and Rooney Mara all offer excellent real-life female support, I’m sure, but I’m particularly taken with Scarlett Johansson as the voice of Samantha. She’s had a great year so far with an above-average emotive turn in “Don Jon,” and this looks to be another smart role choice. This film could be inconsolably weird, but I think it’s going to be wonderful, and should almost definitely earn Jonze and Phoenix some serious Oscar buzz.

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