Note: The following post contains no significant advances of the plot or the end of the film.
The directors of Little Miss Sunshine, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris bring us an unusual romantic tragicomedy: Ruby Sparks, written by the protagonist Zoe Kazan, shows us the history of Calvin an acclaimed writer, that early gets admission to fame as a result of his first book, the pressure of his success and the abandonment of his girlfriend while he was in mourning for the death of his father leads him to a block that impedes him to write, for that reason his psychologist ask him to do as a task to write about a person that would have no objection to accept him, so Calvin begins to write about a young woman with he dreams about …and then Ruby appears.
This is a colorful story, it develops in Los Angeles and all of its environments are bright and vivid. The locations are designed according to their characters, comparison that we can establish with the apartment of Calvin, the home of his mother or his manager, the people expressed in objects and design. The same thing happen with the costume design and arrangements, although this is more usual.
The characters are the most common of the film: Calvin as geek, Ruby as a crazy bohemia, the mother of Calvin and her husband hippie stereotypes and the brother a hunter moored by a marriage, to mention a few, to be true those are characters that we have seen repeated over and over again in hundreds of films and you can even qualify the interpretations as very normal, not come to be stunning. We can see Paul Dano doing a role very recurrent in him, Kazan has a more emotional character but she does not seduce the spectator. It’s nice to see a diva as Annette Bening and Antonio Banderas in their role of hippies, refreshing point of the script.
So far nothing out of the ordinary, nothing unusual, which is valuable in this film is its argument: an original story that goes beyond normality and reality, a tragic love story by its impossibility and by the absolute position of each protagonist: Calvin dominates the life of Ruby and she in turn the life of Calvin…each one ends up becoming a necessary evil for another.
Zerorojo believes that Ruby Sparks can be seen without hindrance: as aromantic comedy breaks several clichés, as a dramatic film is striking but not depressing and in spite of their stereotyped characters is never boring, being a film about love, it has the ability to please men and women and that is a lot to tell.
The rating for this film remains as open topic: is it good or bad? What do you think?