Friday, August 9, 2013
When you've made three pretty extraordinary movies whose material is owed to the likes of Maurice Sendak and Charlie Kaufman, and then you decide to pen the script for number four, there's bound to be a bit of pressure. That's the position Spike Jonze is in as he prepares for the release of his new film, Her, coming out this fall. It's the first film Jonze has written entirely himself, and I couldn't be happier that he's taking this leap in his career. I write having seen the trailer that was released a few days ago, and from the two minute peek it looks like the movie will be fairly straightforward compared to his work with Kaufman. Now, sure, a story about a man falling in love with a computer is pretty out there, but I get the feeling Jonze won't go the Kaufman route of elaborating on a wild premise and then creating something that seems almost beyond imagination. The movie looks very promising, and with its undeniably strange storyline Jonze seems to be satisfying what would be expected from him, yet he also looks to be perfectly comfortable treading fairly familiar thematic waters. That's definitely not a problem. But, it's only a trailer; perhaps he'll confound me.