As far as I’m concerned, Jake Gyllenhaal can do no wrong at this point. He’s become one of the industry’s best actors fairly rapidly over the past few years after turning in consistently amazing performances in films like Prisoners, Enemy, Nightcrawler, Southpaw, and more. So it’s gotten to the point that if a movie has Gyllenhaal’s name involved in any way, it’s probably going to appear on my radar sometime sooner rather than later.
Which brings me to Demolition, the newest film from director Jean-Marc Vallee (Dallas Buyers Club, Wild) which stars Gyllenhaal as a man trying to put his life back together following the death of his wife the only way he can think of, by pulling it all apart.
Fox Searchlight premiered the newest trailer for the film online today as well, check it out below:
Here’s the official synopsis for Demolition:
“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 film’s release date initially caused some confusion amongst the film community when Searchlight announced they were opting for a spring release rather than the predicted Oscar run many had thought the film would make last year. After seeing the past two trailers though, and the reactions the film received from TIFF, it seems like the studio may have made the right call here.
The thing about Demolition is that it doesn’t quite look like the emotional, straight-laced drama its synopsis might hint towards, and it looks like it has a quirky tone that’s not only fresh and exciting, but also uncharted territory for Vallee, a usually strictly dramatic director. Although, I do still maintain that Wild might just be one of the most underrated character studies of the past decade, but that’s a conversation for another time.
Aside from its unique approach, Demolition looks pretty amazing to me. The cast is phenomenal with not only Gyllenhaal but both Naomi Watts and Chris Cooper looking to be giving awards-worthy performances as well. So in case you couldn’t already tell, this is easily one of my most anticipated films of the year. What can I say? I’m a sucker for these kinds of things.
Demolition is set to hit theatres on April 8th.
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