Ruby Sparks (2012): A Film Review

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IMDB Rating: 7.2/10

I will give an overview of the plot without revealing too many spoilers (I hope) to give some context to those who have not seen this film. The film centralizes on the life of genius novelist Calvin Weir- Fields (Paul Dano) who is suffering from writers block, however when he starts to type on his old typewriter, everything that he writes come to life. Thus, he creates a female character who he thinks will love him, Ruby Sparks (Zoe Kazan) and wills her into existence.

On one side, it can be a fantasy/romantic comedy/ drama film judging from the surface.

But if you care to delve deeper into the message of the film, you may –or may not- find that the whole film is actually a beautiful metaphor.

What made me really love the film was the fact that it made me rethink about a lot of things. A good piece of artwork let it be a book, film or painting stays with you –for a very long time for that matter if it was a really good one- and Ruby Sparks haunted me for days after I watched the film no different than how she haunted Calvin throughout the film.

The film implicitly discusses the idea of idealizing people into becoming who we want them to be, basically, creating our own versions of people to cater to our own taste. Whenever Calvin’s relationship with Ruby Sparks hits a bump, he would run to his typewriter and alter Ruby’s actions and behavior to his benefit ultimately making him the victor in their many quarrels. Who would not want that typewriter now eh?

However, I did not fall in love with the film because it is the GREATEST film ever made and trust me, it is FAR from perfect: some parts of the film were too slow paced than it needed to be. But rather because it made me think if I were given the power to change people and will them into someone that I want them to be –like Calvin did- will I do it? More importantly, have I ever done it? Will I change bad people to make them better or will I change people to make them better for me?

At the end of the day, you can and may place this film amongst other typical rom-coms but I have said it and I will say it again it contains profound lessons that we can all learn from it if we have the heart to.

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I cannot help but love Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan!

Thank you for your time and may you enjoy the film!

 

 

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