I gotta say I really loved this film. It's presented as a light and fanciful comedy and don't get me wrong, there's plenty of comedy and witty dialogue to more than get your comedic fill out of the film. What really took this film to another level for me is how it presents the idea that love with a real person, not just the idea of one, is something that can't be controlled and comes with it's set of challenges for both people in the relationship. I won't spoil anything, but I was also very pleasantly surprised how dark one of the scenes towards the end of the film got. It was one of the more intense sequences I've seen in a film this year and left me not knowing exactly how it was going to end.
Really liked everyone involved, especially the two leads. Paul Dano showed amazing versatility in not only being the tortured writer, but being more than affable in the comedic bits, especially early on when he first discovers Ruby in his apartment. To me, Zoe Kazan is a revelation in this film. Not only for her very impressive first time screenplay full of charm, wit, and insight, but the layers she gives Ruby as an actor. I can't recommend this movie enough.
Pros great story, great actors, great balance of comedy and drama
This Pygmalion tale has the earmarks of a indie film without the meat. Its a writing exercise that never finds its mark or potential however cute it might be. The lead actress is also the screen writer which may be part of the issue here. She's cast her real life boyfriend as her screen boyfriend, another issue that is not helpful. There are good ideas but no follow through. Its like a Woody Allen film that just misses. But since the writer and lead actess is Zoe Kazan, grand daughter of the legendary Elia Kazan, it has attracted a powerful cast of actors in lesser roles like Elliot Gould, Annette Bening, and Antonio Banderas. Its not horrible but it is best suited for a college crowd at a midnight showing.
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Smart, sweet fantasy rom com.
PostedAugust 19, 2012
from Potomac, MD, USA
Age:55 to 64
Goes to the movies:monthly
Clever concept that was helped by an excellent script and good actors. It was a refreshing twist that the protagonist comes in for some bitingly cynical treatment rather than simply sympathetic treatment. Great bit roles from Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas, and Elliott Gould.
This is a terrific love story about a lonely writer who writes the love of his life and she comes to life. It's a beautiful sci-fi love story that just works on many levels. He lets his brother in on it and this lends crédence to the story, which develops nicely into the usual inspiration for a book that he ends up writing. Yes, this is another one of those movies about a writer with writer's block who gets cured only after tremendous strife, but this formula works beautifully again. I think this movie will have wide appeal and I recommend it to everyone, young, older, those in love, those who can't seem to find love, and those who currently want nothing to do with love. It's fun to watch and well told and acted.