Real-life married couple Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, the directing-duo team behind “Little Miss Sunshine,” is at it once again with this whimsical romantic comedy that tends to stretch the imagination in ways that is rarely seen, beyond the Hollywood romanticized vampire/supernatural flicks. The idea of an acclaimed author being able to write about a love interest that takes shape as he invents her character on his vintage “Olympia” manual typewriter, is as unbelievable as it gets without actually being a children’s animated storyline.
Nonsensically, as the neurotic wordsmith Calvin Weir-Fields (Paul Dano) and his real-life significant other Zoe Kazan (Ruby Sparks) characters embarks on this surreal journey of self discovery and a fictionalized relationship, he inadvertently becomes enveloped in the mystical event and uses his role to play puppet master and awaken inner demons that drive him to behave monstrously toward his new found creation. Well, as strange as this might seem, it works. The romance and comedy that follows this relationship seems to some how come together in a way that tugs at the viewer’s emotions and brings a certain level of imaginary significant to the roles.
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