During the writing of Spike Jonze’s ‘Her’, the introduction of Apple’s voice activation system, Siri, worried him. Supposedly, he thought that the existence of similar technology would detract from the originality of the artificial intelligence in his near-future based drama in which a man (Joaquin Phoenix) turns to a computer system (voiced by Scarlett Johansson) for companionship.
Personally, I think that the film stands only to benefit from the arrival of voice activated technology. The fact that it exists in a more primitive form within our own lives paints Jonze’s interpretation as a logical progression for the future. Questioning how it would affect us if Siri evolved and we no longer needed human interaction.
As a big fan of Jonze’s previous films I’m very excited to see his next effort. Joaquin Phoenix is one of the most talented and fervent actors working (in Hollywood) at the moment and he brings something new and exciting to every role. Also with a supporting cast so promising I don’t see how it can go wrong.
If you have yet to watch the trailer, see it here.