Demolition tells the story of an an investment bankers struggles after losing his wife in a tragic car crash and his increasingly confessional series of letters to a vending machine company catch the attention of a customer service rep with whom he forms an unlikely connection.
Jake Gyllenhaal is a greatly underappreciated actor who doesn’t truly get the recognition he deserves. Gone are the days of where he would play in the awful romantic comedies such asLove and Other Drugs, confusing and strange films such as Enemy, and the game adaption the both the film and gaming industry refuse to talk about in Prince of Persia, though between these films he would occasionally creep up with an amazing performance like October Sky, Source Code, Prisoners, and Nightcrawler. More recently, he has been making smaller, more thoughtful films. He’s picking and choosing more carefully and it’s a shame he’s not getting more recognition for it.
This film is about loss, about relationships, not the action-adventure films that currently overstuff the market. It’s definitely not a lighthearted movie and not that much of a comedy as the trailer suggests. It’s a dark comedy, for sure, and is something very real about the experience the film gives off. It had an extremely strong and authentically crazy cast, with Judah Lewis’ Chris an honest and endearing performance as his character struggled with his sexuality and made you care for the troubled teen in the snippets we see of him. And all of this is something that’s very refreshing about it.
It’s a film that wasn’t scared to tackle sensitive issues with heavy scenes that were handled well enough in a decently written script. And although at times it can be a very heavy film, it leaves you somewhat elevated at the end at the sight of hope for the future of the characters.