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Ruby Sparks [Blu-ray]
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Calvin (Paul Dano) is a young novelist who achieved phenomenal success early in his career but is now struggling with his writing -- as well as his romantic life. Finally, he makes a breakthrough and creates a character named Ruby who inspires him. When Calvin finds Ruby (Zoe Kazan), in the flesh, sitting on his couch about a week later, he is completely flabbergasted that his words have turned into a living, breathing person.
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"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!.
There is a lot going on in this movie. First off, this movie was written by Zoe Kazan, who of course is the utterly adorable star of the movie. It is a romcom and yet, it really brings up some real questions. Paul Dano plays a famous young writer, who was a one hit wonder and has had writers block for years, and who is a recluse and hopeless when it comes to love. His therapist suggests he do a writing exercise, and the girl he dreams up is the perfect woman for him. (Of course Zoe Kazan is one of the most adorable women for anyone). And as he gets obsessed in creating this woman of his dreams, somehow, his passion turns into the real thing and Zoe Kazan materializes. She is perfect for him. But what should be a great thing has problems of its own, and as she becomes the vibrant woman of his dreams she takes on real life and suddenly Paul Dano is having to rewrite her life to keep her where he needs her. Until................................I don't want to spoil it. But, the performances by Zoe Kazan and Paul Dano were great performances. And Annette Benning and Antonio Banderas are in it as well, playing wonderful roles as Paul Dano's mother and stepfather.
This is such an unusual and delightfully quirky movie, but the reason I gave it four stars is it had a very Twilight Zone twist to it that suddenly made it very un-romcom. Don't get me wrong, I applaud Zoe Kazan for writing such a creative and original movie, and I really liked it, but just go into knowing that if you are looking for a fun date movie romcom, this one may bring up some issues that turn your date night into a head scratching night muttering, "Whoa, I didn't see that coming." I will definitely watch it again. I think this movie brings up a great issue about a "perfect relationship" and holding on too tight and being possessive. The old saying, "If you really love something then let it go and if it comes back to you then you know it was real." Zoe Kazan's role is truly delightful and enchanting. But if you are looking for something that is as sweet as her movie, What If, just be prepared.
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!
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