Ruby Sparks is an upcoming movie that revolves around the life of Calvin (played by Paul Dano). A young novelist who was able to achieve great success at an early stage of his career. Although, things seems to be going in a different direction because he is currently struggling in his love life as well as his writing. A breakthrough happens when he finally creates a character named Ruby who inspires him and becomes his muse. Words seems to really have a great effect on everything, especially when one day when he finds Ruby (played by Zoe Kazan) sitting on his couch transformed into a living person. Ruby Sparks is an interesting movie that will go through the intricacy of literature and love in a person’s life. Let’s take a look at an early review for the movie Ruby Sparks that’s directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris:
“Early Review For Ruby Sparks Movie
If you could create the love of your life, could you truly love her? Ruby Sparks, brightly directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine), ponders this and other provocative questions, as it follows the rollercoaster relationship between Calvin (Paul Dano), a blocked young writer, and the woman, literally, of his dreams. Like Stranger Than Fiction, to which it bears a resemblance, the film rightly takes its fantastic premise seriously and, like its title character (played by its screenwriter, the vibrant Zoe Kazan), Ruby Sparks is charming, often funny, thoughtful, and just a little bit tedious. It’s not easy to pull off a conceit in which an imaginary character becomes real (Harvey and his rabbit friend are referenced in the dialogue), but once it gets going, the movie’s internal logic and inspired cast largely take us along with it.
Part of the fun is the spin of roles Kazan plays here. Onscreen, she’s Ruby, an adorable blue-eyed redhead who never heard of F. Scott Fitzgerald (!), but pluckily tells it like it is (at least at first; Ruby, to put it mildly, is subject to change). Behind the scenes, she’s the actual creator of the characters and the dialogue, and in real life, Dano’s romantic partner. The movie explores the creative process as much as the mysteries of romantic love. Kazan (like any writer) is playing god within her universe: She brings her characters into being, and she can kill them off. She can do anything she likes, but she can only hope she can make them real enough for others to believe in.
As it opens, a woman in a flowing dress backlit in golden light walks toward us. We learn that she is Ruby Sparks, born in Calvin’s dreams, then transcribed through his “Olympia” typewriter into the love interest of what becomes his burgeoning novel. Before he falls in love with his creation, as Pygmalion did before him, he’s a wreck. His first and only novel brought him Salingeresque success at 19, but for the past ten years he has not typed a sentence without doubting himself. His love life is equally blank. On the advice of his shrink, gamely played by Elliott Gould with the appropriate facial hair, he starts to write about his obsession, and he comes alive.”
You can read the rest of the review at filmjournal.com
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