Ruby Sparks


Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris – Written by Zoe Karzan

Starring: Paul Dano, Zoe Karzan, Chris Messina and Annette Bening

Here we have some of those rare creatures in the world of top level film, women, and how welcome they are as well. Zoe Kazan has made herself a quite successful actor before turning her hand to writing, this being her first ever go at it. As for direction, the double team behind Little Miss Sunshine (2006) take the helm, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris.

I have to admit an annoyance already, Zoe Kazan is cast as Ruby Sparks and her partner and father of her child, Paul Dano is cast as Calvin Weir-Fields. What a coincidence that those two would happen to be the best two actors for the part.

This film comes across as basically Pinocchio brought up to date. Kind of anyway. It is also a romantic comedy, two words put together that leave a bad taste in my mouth. But it is good.

What’s interesting is as a writer you have the power over your characters to manipulate them any which way you like, make them powerful or weak, free or a slave and anything you fancy. How far should a writer go and how far should or would you go given this power over a living person? I really doubt this depth of thought was intentionally put in to the film but nonetheless.

Calvin decides to stop writing her, letting go of his creative control she begins to grow her own character and move from a piece of fantasy to something real. Of course this raises problems, but these problems are of course sorted in a crap predictable ending.

For me it’s all pretty standard for the genre. It also exists in that weird area of being an original idea that has been done a fair few times before.

I’m sure the stereotypical female audience will go mad for it, but it is not my cup of tea really, not that I drink tea.


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