Write because you want to, not because you have to.
Published October 28th 2012
In one word, this movie is simply genius
What a refreshing change from the typical storyline of a romantic movie!
The beginning of Ruby Sparks initially made me think - "Ugh, another struggling writer's story. What else is new?". But then, as the movie progressed, I soon found myself encapsulated by the beauty of this enigmatic story.
Ruby Sparks is a movie in which a struggling writer (Calvin Weir-Fields) starts dreaming about a girl who he writes about on his typewriter, only to discover that she exists and that he can control her every action and emotion by typing out a single sentence.
The phrase "be careful what you wish for" has never had a more profound meaning. The plot of a lonely writer who is trying to get over the ultimate writer block after producing a best-seller, then writes about the protagonist of his new story, only to have her come to life made me wonder how often dreams like that can come true, and if it's worth the mix of emotions one endures in the process.
In terms of the acting, both protagonists Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan have proven themselves to be quite the versatile kind - both individually and as a couple.
My favourite moment in the film would have to be during the final dramatic sequence of the film, when Zoe Kazan portrays herself to be a different person every time Paul Dano types on his typewriter. I think that is a very difficult stunt, but she pulled it off in a manner that deserves a standing ovation.
An equally amazing performance by Paul Dano in the film - he has the ability to present a variety of characters through his role as Calvin - a struggling writer, an awkward loner, a lucky guy with a hot girlfriend, and a neurotic psychopath.
All in all, this movie promises a delightful mix of comedy, drama and fantasy and I'd highly recommend this movie to everyone - it's a different approach of storytelling - a refreshing approach with unexpected twists.