Spike Jonze's "Her" takes place in a not-too-distant future Los Angeles where the skyscrapers have multiplied and operating systems are so advanced people are falling in love with them. But one particular aspect of this imagined future has had early viewers buzzing: the high-waisted pants all the men wear. In Jonze's vision of the future, you see, it's the opposite of "sagging" that's in.
Does Joaquin Phoenix, the poster boy for the film's slice of futuristic fashion, think there's a chance this look will actually catch on?
"I certainly hope not," Phoenix told Yahoo Movies. "They're very uncomfortable."
Phoenix's co-star Amy Adams interjects: "My wardrobe was amazingly comfortable." This immediately draws a scowl from Phoenix.
The trousers weren't the only thing that gave Phoenix pause when signing on for this ambitious undertaking from Jonze, the director of "Being John Malkovich" and "Adaptation."
Upon learning that the plot in "Her" revolves around a man named Theodore developing feelings for his computer's operating system, Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johansson), Phoenix was as skeptical as anyone about how he and Jonze might pull off the story on the big screen.
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"There were many times when I was going through the script and thought, 'This is impossible, there's no way he can pull this off. Because it's too difficult and there's not a blueprint for this, so it's probably not going to work but it will be a fun mistake. Then I saw the movie and thought, 'Ah he made it work.'"
And making it work is part of the magic of Jonze's moviemaking.
"He somehow manages to balance these big ideas and themes with a sense of intimacy like no other director," said Phoenix. "Sometimes you see directors that are amazing and visual and can put together these big pieces but you don't feel connected to the characters that inhabit the world, and somehow he's able to combine those elements and they seem to effortlessly fuse together."
The Golden Globe nominee went on to say that he has a difficult time trying to summarize exactly what the movie is about for him, partially because he wants audiences to go into the movie with an open mind and to be ready to be surprised by the story that unfolds.
"Part of what's great about the film is being surprised by it and not knowing where it's going to go or have some preconceived idea of what the movie is, so I'm a little reluctant to describe it. Also, I don't know how to," he added with a smile.
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As for those pants, Phoenix may be surprised — and disappointed — to hear that they could be hitting shelves in actual stores in the present.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, a style of high-waisted trousers created by "Her" costume designer Casey Storm are already here.
"It's one of the last frontiers of men's fashion to come back," Storm told THR. "But it does look weird when you first see it."