Arcade Fire Scored Spike Jonze's New Film
Spike Jonze spent much of the 1990s and 2000s crafting cerebral music videos for indie and alt-rock royalty, including a 2010 video for Arcade Fire's "The Suburbs," so it seems fitting that the Montreal outfit has now returned the favor.
Spike Jonze spent much of the 1990s and 2000s crafting cerebral music videos for indie and alt-rock royalty, including a 2010 video for Arcade Fire's "The Suburbs," so it seems fitting that the Montreal outfit has now returned the favor. The band provided the soundtrack for Jonze's upcoming film Her, Pitchfork reports, which is especially impressive when you consider that the band's fourth LP is slated for October 29—just a month before Jonze's film. The result, we imagine, will be an indie perfect storm of irresistible proportions.
Jonze's screenwriting debut, Her tells the story of a lonely protagonist (Joaquin Phoenix) who falls in love with a mysterious and beautiful woman (Scarlett Johansson) who turns out to be a robot in the form of a cellphone-like gadget, which sounds about right, because this is 2013 and we're all effectively in love with our smartphones anyway (including during sex). That's the trailer above; as Indiewire notes, details of the film have been kept fairly quiet:
The set photos that have circulated certainly don't betray anything of what his approach will be, and there have been no official stills, posters, teasers or websites to give up the game. That being said, Jonze did provide a peek to those who were lucky enough to be at the L.A. Film Festival in June, showing two clips from the oddball romance that stars Joaquin Phoenix, Chris Pratt, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde and (the voice of) Scarlett Johansson.
The Arcade Fire previously contributed to the original score of The Hunger Games and recorded an acoustic version of "Wake Up" for Jonze's last feature-length film, Where the Wild Things Are. Their new album may or may not be titled Reflektor.