Ruby Sparks Review

Words by Naomi Jeffreys

It is not very often in which you encounter a truly unique film, but, in writer and star Zoe Kazan’s eyes. Anything is possible.

‘Ruby Sparks’ follows “a novelist struggling with writer’s block finds romance in a most unusual way: by creating a female character he thinks will love him, then willing her into existence.”

The film stars real life couple, Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan as the writer, Calvin Fields and Ruby Sparks. It is directed by ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ couple, Johnathan Dayton and Valerie Faris.

This film is truly beautiful, it is clever, heartbreaking and there is something so magical about words, the simpleness of them, creating someone. It is a love story.

Kazan is a master of words, perhaps the most beautiful line from the film is; “Falling in love is an act of magic.” She plays with the audiences’ emotions, toying, often quite literally with the character Ruby herself.

The climax of the film is played excellently, with quick cuts and great use of non-diegetic music. The film is a joy to behold.

Although, you must be warned, this isn’t your typical ‘romantic comedy’, it is so much more than that. It is genre defying and a sight to behold. In the simple act of two people falling in love.

‘Ruby Sparks’ is out in the UK from the 12th October.


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