There is a lot to like about the trailer for writer/director Michael Almereyda’s latest film Marjorie Prime, based on the 2014 Pulitzer Prize-nominated play by Jordan Harrison. 86-year-old screen legend Lois Smith plays the titular Marjorie, an ailing widow who is contemplating her mortality with the help of an artificially intelligent hologram, programmed to look like her dead husband Walter (Jon Hamm). Smith, who originated the role of Marjorie on stage, is joined in the film by Geena Davis and Tim Robbins, who are less than enthused by Holo-Hamm and its relationship with Marjorie.
Mmmmm. Holo-Hamm. I needed some of that today.
The film is being compared to Spike Jonze’s Her as well as the anthology series Black Mirror for its nuanced take on the influence technology can have in our lives. It’s got a hint of sci-fi, but is still a deeply personal tale, at turns creepy and sweet. Almereyda previously directed the 2000 update of Hamlet starring Ethan Hawke, which infused modern technology into the Bard’s classic tale.
Marjorie Prime took home an award at Sundance this year. It’s due for a limited release in New York and Los Angeles on August 18th, and will expand from there.