Ruby Sparks (R) 104 minutes B+
Letting the Sparks Fly
Starring Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas and Chris Messina
Once I got past the whimsical premise of a writer falling in love with his own fictional creation, and that fictional creation coming to life in his apartment, I really liked this film. It felt original and creative. I usually like films about struggling writers who find their muse, but this film provides a whole new spin on that theme. By the end, I found myself completely immersed in Ruby Sparks. It is amazing how love can be so magical (in the beginning), yet derail so easily.
I can see this becoming a minor sensation at the box office. It reminded me of two other films, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Being John Malkovich. I actually liked this film more than the former, but less than the latter. Ruby Sparks is an impressive script written by 28 year-old Zoe Kazan, who plays Ruby opposite her real life beau, Paul Dano.