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Watch: Soundtrack Trailer For ‘Her’ Featuring Arcade Fire's Score, Parody Sequel ‘Him’ & More

by Charlie Schmidlin
January 13, 2014 9:02 AM
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Her, Joaquin Phoenix

A number of enviable technological advances—at least on the surface—exist in Spike Jonze’s “Her," but for those who’ve seen the film they’d likely be traded for a standalone release of Arcade Fire’s wonderful score. Also featuring contributions from Owen Pallett and Karen O, the soundtrack has yet to be given a concrete release date, however until one emerges we’ve got a new trailer showcasing Arcade Fire’s stunning work, a fun easter egg from Jonze’s film for LA residents, and much more.

The DNA of Arcade Fire’s latest album Reflektor has always contained a bit of “Her” within it. Both projects were conceived side-by-side, and the album’s closing track “Supersymmetry” was actually written specifically for Spike Jonze’s film. Now you can catch a medley of the score in a new trailer (via The Dwarf), which places the music front and center over various scenes and behind-the-scenes footage. Mostly though it serves to build even more anticipation for a soundtrack’s hopefully forthcoming release (which may also include some of the licensed cuts from the film).

Perhaps the most central difficulty of Jonze’s job with “Her” was presenting his plot—Joaquin Phoenix falls in love with Scarlett Johansson-voiced machine—in a way that’s both convincing and relatable. In the end he accomplishes both, but “Him,” an inevitable parody by the comedy group That's What's Up Comedy (via FilmDrunk), showcases the many ridiculous tangents that would occur if Phoenix and Johansson had swapped roles. Some of the touchpoints are perhaps a bit obvious, but it’s well done overall in melding the tone of Jonze’s film with the concept’s more ridiculous aspects.

Take a look below, but not before glimpsing a futuristic subway map of Los Angeles (via Gizmodo), created for the film by designer Geoff McFetridge, and showing an optimistic fantasy for LA residents wishing to take a train to the sea (as Phoenix’s character does in the film); and also, you can catch recent in-person “Daily Show” appearance from Johansson, where she and Jon Stewart discuss the film’s stance on technology and whether Siri is in fact sexually active.

Map of the Futuristic Los Angeles Subway From Spike Jonze's Her

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  • Angela | January 23, 2014 12:59 AMReply

    Actually not very impressed by the Him parody. I don't really see why swapping the genders would make the concept any more ridiculous. It seemed like they based it just off the trailer, rather than actually watching the movie, and I feel like they could've come up with something smarter and funnier.

  • Joe H. | January 20, 2014 2:18 AMReply

    Can't wait for the soundtrack to be released!

  • Charles | January 13, 2014 2:44 PMReply

    The Expo line is being built right now so there will be a train to the sea by next year. It goes from downtown to Santa Monica.

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