Cert: 15 Runtime: 101 mins Director: Jean-Marc Vallee Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Judah Lewis and Chris Cooper
Ps… Fuck You
We all like a Jake Gyllenhaal movie, probably the best working actor today IMO. Demoliton has been on my radar even before Toronto film festival. But this film has eluded for quite some time now. Jean-Marc Vallee is a decent director Dallas Buyers Club was a good movie but I hated Wild. So what is Demolition about? After his wife dies in a tragic car accident, Wall Street investment banker Davis (Jake Gyllenhaal) struggles to feel anything. His father-in-law Phil (Chris Cooper) attempts to console him and offer advice on how to rebuild his life. But Davis seems preoccupied with a minor complaint to a vending machine company. Eventually, his letters to the firm resonate with lonely customer service representative Karen (Naomi Watts). She forms an unlikely friendship with Davis, who learns that to move on he must first demolish his old life.
Demolition is a fantastic movie. It is also very unconventional. Director Jean-Marc Valee makes another good film, a real thinker. There are lots of comedic set pieces in the film, that will make you guffaw uncontrollably. The scenes where Davis destroys things, are disturbing yet fun to watch. The script by Bryan Sipe, is one of a kind. The cinematography by Yves Belanger is breathtaking. The only problem I had with this film, is that the behavior the protagonist exhibits is not natural & will mostly not happen in real life. However, this is just my personal gripe with the movie. The performances are the highlight of the film. Jake Gyllenhaal is mind blowing as Davis. Gyllenhaal continues to show his wide range, with the variety of roles he chooses. Apart from his acting chops, Jake Gyllenhaal thoroughly entertains us, with his impromptu dances in the movie. Naomi Watts is spectacular as Karen. Gyllenhaal & Watts, share a natural & warm camaraderie in their scenes together. Chris Cooper is great as Phil. Judah Lewis is outstanding as Chris. Lewis is supremely talented & has a bright future in Hollywood. C.J. Wilson is impressive as Carl. Polly Draper is good as Margot. Heather Lind is superb as Julia. Demolition is a must watch, for fans of offbeat indie dramedies.