How vivid was your imagination as you were growing up? Were you easily influenced by the things you saw on TV? Did you ever imagine how you would react to impossible situations? Ruby Sparks is the name of a character who was created by award winning writer Calvin Weir-Fields (Paul Dano). He’s written so much details about her, he feels like he knows her intimately, he feels like he has created the perfect woman. He has the shock of his life though when that character suddenly appears in his house.
Ruby Sparks (Zoe Kazan (Paul Dano’s actual girlfriend)) is an innocent young woman acting like she has known Calvin for a long time. As Calvin has been going to psychiatrist for a while he now believes he has completely lost it, but when others appear to see her as well he’s even more shocked. How is it all possible? It really doesn’t matter. She’s there and it’s up to Calvin to deal with the situation. He has created the perfect woman and with that come expectations. He has the power to change her with his typewriter (which results in some very funny situations), but quickly find out that living with someone day in and out into someone you find out isn’t that perfect at all.
Zoe Kazan (who has also written the screenplay) plays her role perfectly, having to show a woman who acts based on what someone else writes and showing a great range of emotions. Because her and Paul Dano are a real life couple the romance part of the movie is convincing. This is the second movie I remember seeing Paul Dano in (the other one was opposite of De Niro) and I’m quickly becoming a fan of his work.
I hadn’t heard too much of this movie in advance, but was impressed by what I saw. It’s a light hearted romantic comedy, but not the kind you might immediately think of when you hear about a romcom. It’s an original movie which keeps you guessing as you watch it and it makes you wish you, for a moment, had such a vivid imagination to write about something and make it become real. So here’s to a 2 day workweek with the same pay!