Demolition (Film Review)

Demolition is a film about a man called Davis played by Jake Gyllenhaal who looses his wife in a tragic car accident. Davis writes a series of increasingly confessional letters to a vending machine company as he struggles to cope with the loss, the letters catch the attention of their customer service rep with whom Davis forms a connection with.

Jean-Marc Vallée is the director of this film, his other works include Wild and Dallas Buyers Club which are both very good films so I was looking forward to seeing this film. Much like when I saw Bastille Day I had absolutely no idea what this film was about and what sort of film it would be.

So much of what I see is your standard action, adventure, superhero kind of films and once in a while it is nice to see something different. The Odeon Limitless card has really come in handy in my endeavour to see new and different types of films.

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Demolition is unlike a lot of films that I have seen this year and that is a really good thing. Jake Gyllenhaal is an absolutely incredible actor and does a brilliant job in this film, as he slips further and further down the rabbit hole. You struggle with the loss of his wife consumes the entire film and the effect he has on other characters is incredibly powerful.

The friendship that develops between Davis and Karen played by Naomi Watts is a bit of a weird one and one that is never quite fully resolved. You do get to see a lot about how it starts and it develops over the course of the film as does Davis’s relationship with her young son Chris played by Judah Lewis.

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Chris and Davis have an instant connection and it was interesting to see how they both gravitated towards each other in their times of need. Davis struggling with the loss of his wife and Chris struggling with who he is, the bond between grows over the course of the film as they learn from each other.

With the help of Chris and his mom Karen, Davis is able to rebuild his life but first he has to destroy it. Watching him destroy his life and the way he looks at things makes for something interesting viewing, particularly when it all culminates in the destruction of his house.

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Towards the end Davis starts to really come to terms with the loss and figures out a way to honour his late wife’s memory in a way that he believes she would have been happy with, It was great to see the transformation that his character goes through over the course of this film.

Overall I have to say that Demolition was a pretty decent film but I don’t think it would have been half as good if Jake Gyllenhaal was starring in it. Plus while I enjoyed it I just don’t think I would have gone to see it if the limitless card didn’t give me the freedom to try something new but you know what, I’m glad that I did.


3 thoughts on “Demolition (Film Review)

  1. It’s disappointing that Naomi Watts’s role isn’t resolved, she’s a tremendous actress with a lot to give. I notice she has her own Netflix series coming up called ‘Gypsy’. Sounds like that’ll be the exposure her talent deserves.

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