Ruby Sparks [Blu-ray]
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Several comments: the movie is intended as a romcom, and there are indeed many fine moments that made me smile. But the movie also examines some profounder issues that go to the very nature of the human race: free will (with the potential for making mistakes or worse) or no free will (at which point, what is the real value of the relationship you control?). Even though she's been in many other movies in her young career, in my opinion Zoe Kazan is THE break-out star of the movie, as not only did she write the movie's screenplay but her performance on the screen just oozes charm. Not that he doesn't do a good job, but I can't really say the same about Paul Dano (Kazan and Dano are also a couple in real life). And there are some real choice moments for Antonio Banderas and Annette Benning as Calvin's parents. Check out also Elliott Gould as Calvin's shrink.Read more ›
Paul Dano brings yet another extremely relatable character to the screen. His ongoing struggle to come up with a good story really hits home hard as does his issues with women. Falling in love with your own creation seems a lot more reasonable than attempting to swim in the dating world. Dano's performance is gut-wrenching at times because you know where at least part of this story is going and it's not going to end well; an emotional breakdown is inevitable. Dano is also just as engrossing as ever while making simple emotions of depression, inspiration, love, and heartache seem like a grand spectacle.
Zoe Kazan is really superb, as well. Attempting to be the embodiment of somebody's dream girl probably isn't the easiest job, but Kazan seems to do it with ease. Her performance is at its best when Calvin realizes that whatever he writes about Ruby on his typewriter comes to life. Those moments are when the humor of the film is at its peak and when the sadder moments punch you in your chest a little bit harder. It probably helps that Dano and Kazan are a couple off-screen, but their chemistry and an incredibly well-written screenplay are what make the film as strong as it is.Read more ›
Years from now I predict that this film will join the long line of memorable romantic films. Have seen it five times in a month and have yet to tire of it.
"Ruby Sparks" is a delightful journey into the mind of a young man who is stricken not only with writer's block,but a broken heart as well. Paul Dano gives a beautifully understated performance and Zoe Kazan is simply remarkable and joyous as the enigmatic Ruby. Ms. Kazan also wrote the script for this highly unusual romantic comedy.
The chemistry between this young man and the woman who suddenly enters his life,Ruby,is amazing. Not just the characters, but the actors portraying them.
This is one of those rare films where telling even a small amount of the plot will serve as a spoiler. Just go out and rent it or buy it and ENJOY!.
When their relationship starts to fray a bit, he is gives into the temptation to unlock the book and write a different scene for Ruby. His power to manipulate her and meld her into what he wants her to be is disturbing, and leads to the explosive, climactic scene in the movie, which I won't spoil.
Zoe Kazan, as Ruby, is delightful and quirky, fun-loving and cute. It is difficult to imagine an actress who could have played this part better. Calvin is serious and emotive, but somewhat annoying. The premise of being able to mold and alter someone else's personality to suit your own whim is interesting and daunting and certainly thought provoking. Though the movie was described as "rom com", that seems a shallow categorization. There is some comedy, and there is romance, but it is more of an intellectual drama than the romcom genre conveys.
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Parts of this movie spark--Paul Davo's Calvin is well characterized, as is Zoe's Ruby. The magical realism is perfectly presented through the brother--though more people should... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Obiwanky
It has a quality copy of the movie, and this movie has a great love story.Published 12 days ago by Anthony Hopkins
Paul Dano has become my favorite actor, and no wonder. He's now created such brilliant characters in his films, memorable characters, but watching him in a comedy was a treat. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Carrie A. Guarria
Totally enjoyed. Made me think of how it would be if this could be true. A writer would definitely be happy about that.Published 2 months ago by gloria v
I watched this on a whim and glad I did. Great acting by Zoe Kazan and Paul Dano, and a great supporting cast including Annette Bening and Antonio Banderas. Read morePublished 2 months ago by susan t.
It was more charming when I saw it in the theater, but still an enjoyable way to spend the evening. With solid performances from an excellent cast, stylish production, and a... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Eva Ulz
Thought provoking movie if you have the right perspective, I liked it a lot.Published 2 months ago by JB
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