“Ruby Sparks” Review by Ashley Menzel

Ruby Sparks


“Ruby Sparks” stars Paul Dano as Calvin Weir-Fields and Zoe Kazan as Ruby Sparks. I would love to go into great detail on this one, but I don’t want to ruin it. It has loveable characters and tells and amazing story to fall in love with, and become totally heartbroken. Ruby Sparks is a rare movie that grasps your heart, mind and soul and doesn’t let go. From the beginning scene, you become enthralled with the characters.

The movie reaches out to many people on many different levels from the silly puppy love moments, to the intense and surprisingly emotional scene. In this movie, there are references to literary greats such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and the Great Gatsby and catchy French music thrown into the soundtrack. It is an intellectual’s silly movie.

The movie truly reflects the roller coaster that is love by highlighting joy and bliss countered by loneliness and isolation. You fall in love with the characters and the rest of the story through Calvin’s eyes. The most endearing character, I’d have to argue is Dano’s character, Calvin. He has such expression in his face that you can literally feel how he feels. You see the torment and pain along with his uncontrollable joy

This movie is one that you will smile during but become so emotionally invested in that you feel a profound sadness for the characters. Yes, this movie will require a suspension of disbelief but in a very refreshing manner.  It is reminiscent of a childhood fantasy where you can escape from the everyday reality and live in a world where the impossible things are possible. I can’t help but feel a total elation after seeing this movie. I highly recommend this movie. It has made my top 5 for the entire year.  I’d venture to say that it leaves you with a renewed hope for happily ever after, love, and humanity in general. Please go out and support this wonderful independent film.

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