Director-Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
Starring-Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan
Scott’s Review #442
Reviewed July 4, 2016
Ruby Sparks is a smart, creative, indie film from 2012. The films theme is fantasy versus reality as the main character is a troubled writer envisioning a character he has created is real. Is she or isn’t she?
The film centers around a writer (Paul Dano of Little Miss Sunshine fame) with writers block who creates an imaginary dream girl (Zoe Kazan), who magically comes to life one day. This is an interesting premise and film and has some big name actors (Annette Bening, Eliot Gould, Antonio Banderas) in small roles which is a delight to see.
The chemistry is lacking between the two leads and the film delves too much into a typical romantic comedy. Additionally,the film never explains if it is going for seriousness or purely the writers imagination, but I admire its creativity and thoughtful premise.