Jake Gyllenhaal has turned himself into one of possibly the best actors in cinema history of the past few years, let alone of his generation. With awards-worthy turns in films like End of Watch, Brokeback Mountain, Southpaw, Source Code, and more – it’s almost hard to walk into a film with him in it, and not expect an Academy Award-quality movie. However, never has he come as close to a best actor nomination than he did last year following his chilling turn in Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler.
While he was unfortunately looked over for his work last year, he hasn’t seemed to slow down one bit, with Southpaw already garnering some possible Oscar buzz for him, and his small, but still solid role in Everest (read our review here). However, out of any of his films that just from the premise alone, have come with the possibility of an Oscar nomination, none have come as close as his newest movie, Demolition.
The film is directed by Jean-Marc Vallee, and stars Gyllenhaal as a man trying to recuperate after the death of his wife, before realizing the only way he can begin to heal, is by taking apart his life piece-by-piece, and putting it back together. Check out the first official trailer for the film down below:
Here’s the movie’s official synopsis:
“Davis (Jake Gyllenhaal), a successful investment banker, struggles after losing his wife in a tragic car crash. Despite pressure from his father in law Phil (Chris Cooper) to pull it together, Davis continues to unravel. What starts as a complaint letter to a vending machine company turns into a series of letters revealing startling personal admissions. Davis’ letters catch the attention of customer service rep Karen (Naomi Watts) and, amidst emotional and financial burdens of her own, the two form an unlikely connection. With the help of Karen and her son Chris (Judah Lewis), Davis starts to rebuild, beginning with the demolition of the life he once knew.”
The trailer actually ended up having a much quirkier tone than people might initially expect going into it, but unsurprisingly, Gyllenhaal continues to shine throughout. Going into it, I expected a pretty cut-and-dry story about a guy losing his wife that he loved deeply, but the trailer makes it seem like their relationship might have been more complicated than that, and the relationship between Gyllenhaal’s Davis and Chris Cooper as his wife’s father should provide some heavy emotional moments as well.
Both Naomi Watts and Judah Lewis look like they’re bringing some interesting new elements to the story as well, and after both Wild and Dallas Buyers Club – it looks like Jean-Marc Vallee is bringing not only another heavy-hitting emotional movie, but also something fairly different from what he’s done before. Nowadays, I’ll see anything Gyllenhaal does, and I was already looking forward to this movie before the trailer – all this has done is make me even more excited for it.
Demolition is set to premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, before hitting theatres nationwide on April 8th, 2016.
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