Ruby Sparks is a gripping romantic drama that explores the manipulation of loved ones for personal satisfaction.
The film stars Paul Dano as struggling novelist Calvin whose fictional character, Ruby Sparks (Zoe Kazan, who also wrote the script), comes to life and falls in love with him.
Ruby’s a hit with Calvin’s family and the pair are very happy until he starts ‘tweaking’ her. By merely typing, Calvin can change Ruby’s interests, moods and emotions.
As the insecure writer starts to fear losing his ideal woman, his manipulation of her increases, but the more he meddles the more unsettled and unhappy Ruby becomes.
As Calvin learns the hard way, you tamper with perfection at your peril.
While Kazan’s script is a fairly enchanting exploration of love, Calvin’s manipulation of Ruby lends some parts of the film a dark tone, especially towards the end when he becomes cruel and almost sadistic towards her.
Ruby Sparks owes a little to Harvey, Mannequin and Sliding Doors, and like these films is best enjoyed with a healthy suspension of disbelief. For those willing to go along with the premise, it’s a very fulfilling experience.
At times funny, romantic, menacing and unsettling, Ruby Sparks is one of 2012’s best films.
Our verdict: 4/5
Ruby Sparks is released across the UK on October 12th.