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!.
Playful, joyful, and surreal the metaphors mix and I was never quite sure what was an extended hallucination and Jungian personality collapse and what was a playful imaginary realism. Perhaps the movie isn't sure either, but no matter what it was a lot of fun to watch. The female lead is glowing and ecstatic and changes so completely in her role as Ruby that she carries the film away over her shoulder and runs away with it. I stopped worrying about the plot holes and was just so eager to find out where she was taking us that I really enjoyed the film.
Great fun from two well connected young film makers. Enjoy!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting and entertaining. Not engrossing or riveting.Published 6 days ago by christine lajeunesse
Not only well written and well acted by the entire cast. The movie is not the dumb downed love story that pretty much every other young adult romance movies have been made. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Brandon S. Card
The movie was stupid. Not a romantic what so ever. I dont think he learn his lesson or anything new about relationships.Published 19 days ago by valery
Fun story, great cast Interesting twist on the coming of age story.Published 1 month ago by M. Robinson
Very well well written and acted story. Zoe and Paul did a great job.Published 1 month ago by Good Story Lover
Nothing special. I was hoping to find something as good as Stranger Than Fiction, but this movie was a disappointment. It's not bad, but it's also not good. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Andrew Bares
Why have I only just discovered this movie?! Instant favorite! I love that I own it!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
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