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Her (2013) Director – Spike Jonze

The last time this happened, it severely damaged my hard drive. Ooh er missus! Hang on a moment! That’s a bit too revealing Derek, no?

What I actually meant was the last time a film similar to Spike Jonzes’ latest came along, it made a lasting impression on my memory, the film in question being Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind back in 2004. That melancholy tale of love lost and love regained was one of the best American films of the past ten years and seemed to hit a nerve playfully mixing up science fiction and bittersweet romantic drama to surprisingly emotional effect.

Without wanting to analyze this trailer to death which is the norm these days in both the ‘blogosphere’ and the media in general thus killing any potential enthusiasm for anything, this does seem to share a wistful, melancholy air that recalls the work of Eternal Sunshine screenwriter and Jonze collaborator Charlie Kaufman and the hangdog visage of Joaquin Phoenix seem perfectly suited to this tale of a lonely writer who develops a relationship with a computer operating system, ‘Computer Love’ if you will.

The facts that this computer operating system, voiced by Scarlett Johansson, whose husky tones enough would no doubt stir the hearts of the majority of men and make falling in love with an artificial construct more than palatable.

What Jonze as both director and screenwriter can make of this premise will be intriguing though hopefully it will avoid the indulgent solipsism (big words, eh?) that made his last film, an adaptation of Maurice Sendaks’ beloved childrens book Where the Wild Things Are a bit of a chore to sit through.

Her opens in the United States of America in November. Over here, let me see….I checked it out on my computer, her name is Sally. We’ve been together now for 13 months and she has a nice little warranty i can tell you…oh right, no date for release in Ireland and the UK as yet.