The surreal element of the typewriter, which brings Ruby into reality could have easily become a gimmick in the vein of the internal narration Will Ferrell experiences in "Stranger than Fiction". The typewriter instead became a strong visual and thematic element influencing all characters of the film in some way.
When Calvin wrote about Ruby, it introduced rapid change to both the story itself and the pace of the film. This is most evident in Calvin's struggles to achieve a balance between forcefully changing Ruby to remain his ideal woman and learning to love Ruby as she is. How Calvin develops through his evolving love for Ruby as a person is what drew me in further and further as the film progressed.
What I loved most about this film was the strong sense of realism in a surreal storyline. The strength of the characters, the performances by the whole cast, most notably the pairing of Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan made this film more than believable. My task for this weekend is to find an Olympia De Luxe typewriter, write about my dreams and see what happens.
All jokes aside, I enjoyed every minute of this film. It made me laugh, pulled on my heartstrings and step back out into the real world with an extra skip in my step. I whole-heartedly recommend you see this film. Not simply because it will make you feel good and want to buy the new Macbook Pro or latest iPhone, but because it is a story of many resonating truths. Many of which may resonate with you.