Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Ruby Sparks Review - 3½ Stars
“Ruby Sparks” spins a tale about creativity and the imagination with the wonderful moral that we must be careful what we wish for. Soulful actor Paul Dano portrays a writer whose early success has blocked his further work. One night home alone with his typewriter, he imagines the girl who haunts his dreams and begins to write about her. Soon she appears in his house in the form of red headed delight Zoe Kazan. When others begin to see her, Dano accepts her in his life and their relationship gets rocky. Until he discovers he can write more about her and watch it happen. “Ruby Sparks” provides a great showcase for Dano and Kazan, a couple in real life. The ending feels lighter than air. The movie also surprises with a series of “A” list cameos including Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas, Steve Coogan, and Elliot Gould. “Ruby Sparks” grabs our attention and holds it delivering a satisfying ending. Does it deliver what it promises? Satisfying comedy about creating the perfect woman. Is it entertaining? Be careful what you wish for. Is it worth the price of admission? A memorable independent delight.