Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts star in Demolition, the latest film from Dallas Buyers Club and Wild director Jean-Marc Vallée.
The film tells the story of Davis (Jake Gyllenhaal), an investment banker whose life takes a downward spiral when his wife dies in a car crash. After he sends a series of complaint letters sent to a vending machine company, he forms a connection with customer service rep Karen (Naomi Watts).
Vallée has a good track record of delivering strong character studies with impressive performances, but apparently this one isn’t quite up to the standards one would expect with the combination of this filmmaker and stars like Gyllenhaal and Watts. While early reviews commend the performances, the film has received generally mixed opinions, with many suggesting the film can’t find the right balance between drama and quirkiness.
Still, the trailer provides a look at a film that seems to be worth a watch. We’ll all be able to judge for ourselves when the film gets a wide release.
Demolition, also starring Chris Cooper, Heather Lind, and Judah Lewis, opens in the U.S. on April 8 and the U.K. on April 29.
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.