A quirky looking trailer promised Ruby Sparks to be ‘The True and Impossible Story of a Very Great Love’. It was written by Zoe Kazan, who also plays the part of Ruby, while her real-life boyfriend Paul Dano (most recently seen in Looper, and famously Little Miss Sunshine) plays the part of Calvin, a former writer having trouble in finding inspiration for a new novel.
Calvin dreams of a girl who he believes to be impossibly perfect and, given a writing assignment by his therapist, decides to write about her. He gives her a name, age, birthplace and before he knows it, becomes obsessed with this character. One day, she appears in his kitchen and (after a comedic sequence where he tries to figure out if she is real or not), they commence a relationship. While initially seeming like a laughter filled, quirky comedy, it explores whether it is possible to imagine a ‘perfect’ person and cracks soon start to show – especially when he can write anything to change her.
The part of Calvin is played endearingly at first by Dano, but there comes a point midway through the film where I began to dislike the character intensely. I won’t put any spoilers here in case you haven’t seen it, but for me, even the more emotional scenes towards the end of the film didn’t ease the distaste I started feeling for him. Ruby however, is full of life and instantly likable as the cute, Zooey Deschanel-esque girl that every one of us secretly dreams of being.
I really enjoyed this film (particularly a cute supporting role from Antonio Banderas) and felt I could really relate to a lot of it. Writers block, imagining a dream person, even wishing you could take away somebodies faults – only to realise, that if you were to replace them with something else, they would become a different person altogether. My boyfriend also enjoyed it, as it’s not your typical soppy love story, but really worked to get you emotionally involved with the characters and story on screen. Overall – go and see it.
I’ve never reviewed a film on my blog before and it’s high time I started. I’m lucky enough to go to the cinema for free most of the time so I see a LOT of films – good and bad. For me, reviewing isn’t about critical acclaim or technical camera work, but if I enjoyed and believed in the film.