I don’t like the name “Theodore Twombly” — way too nerdy and fanciful — and I didn’t like the first 10 or 15 seconds of this trailer. But I fell for it the instant that Joaquin Pheonix said “hi” because it’s obvious he’s totally jettisoned his tongue-flicking alcoholic serpent personality from The Master (which I was afraid was going to pop up again and again) and is exuding a new openness and warmth and vulnerability. Spike Jonze‘s Her could be something else. I find it interesting that it’s not going to Venice or Toronto or New York, and that it’s just opening on 11.20. I think that means something. Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, Chris Pratt and Scarlett Johansson costar.

Jonze hasn’t made a feature film about adult humans since Adaptation, which came out 11 years ago.

The participation of dp Hoyte van Hoytema (The Fighter) is a huge plus.