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Plot: A successful investment banker struggles after losing his wife in a tragic car crash. With the help of a customer service rep and her young son, he starts to rebuild, beginning with the demolition of the life he once knew. Runtime: 101 mins Release Date: 08 Apr 2016
Poignant, crazy and powerful (by prohibited-name-1378)
I was invited to this film at the last minute and had no idea what it was about. I was surprised to find it was about relationships and loss, not action and adventure. Jean- Marc Vallée sets the scene with a haphazard, dated Technicolor palette, even in the hospital and contrasts it with the cold tones, shapes and the crispness of Davis' house. The coldness is a kind of veneer or ice that has settled on the main character and the complex stages of reaction to loss that Davis Gyllenhaal goes through are the heart of this film. It has a kind of edgy subtlety that slides into crazy in <more>
just the right way. I loved the "rock and roll" soundtrack as Vallée put it.A strong cast and story has made an entertaining and thought provoking film.
Demolition: The Blissful Beauty of Destruction (by Manal1987)
"Together, they would watch everything that was so carefully planned collapse, and they would smile at the beauty of destruction." Markus Zusak, The Book ThiefSometimes all you need is one piece to fall off the seemingly perfect construct you've built around yourself. Only then, you'll realize what's been long buried beneath and almost forgotten. That one piece was the tragic death of Davis' wife in a car accident in the revelatory opening sequence of Demolition.Davis Jake Gyllenhaal is a young banker who is married to Julia, his boss's daughter, and, from an <more>
outsider's point of view, seems to have his life all figured out. Davis' subsequent emotional numbness and irrational behavior become a source of persistent annoyance to everyone around him, leading him to realize his own metaphorical death which is brought about by Julia's tragic, yet necessary, death – it is the one piece that had to come apart so that Davis would notice the malfunction of his ostensibly ideal life, just like the leaking fridge in his kitchen. And this is when he decides to take everything in his life apart to get to the bottom of who he really is and how he really feels. On his journey of self- exploration, Davis crosses paths with Karen Naomi Watts , a customer service representative of a small vending machines company, and her rebellious 15-year-old son, Chris Judah Lewis .I don't think I ever wanted this movie to end. I've watched it twice so far and I'm still overwhelmed by the emotional genius of both screen writer Bryan Sipe and director Jean-Marc Vallée Dallas Buyers Club, Wild . Following Davis' course of thinking, I've been trying to take things apart in this movie to understand why I loved it so much and why I end up crying like babies every time, but I just can't put my hand on one thing – it's simply everything. Not a single scene nor a single line in Demolition felt redundant or slightly detaching; they are all beautifully connected like notes in a musical piece, all leading up in an emotional crescendo to an inevitable coda that lingers way after the film ends. And despite the excessive use of montage, it all felt natural and poetic in a way. This is one film made with passion.Peering into the nature of human relationships is extremely difficult, not to mention trying to dismantle them. That's why Davis' fumbling through his existential ordeal changes from irrational to funny to understandable to incredibly relatable. We don't only take pleasure in watching Davis taking his life apart but we envy him for this melancholic yet euphoric realization of the truth that usually comes after destruction, and which we all yearn for in one way or another. Destroying entails thinking in retrospect, necessarily resulting in painful regret but one that is usually accompanied by blissful realization. Few are the movies that manage to go that deep into human relationships and come back with a bittersweet sense of salvation. Also, the unlikely relationship between Davis, Karen and her son Chris becomes a psychological shelter for the three emotionally misled characters where they get to nurture their empathy and readjust their inner compasses.The chemistry between Jake Gyllenhaal and Judah Lewis is undeniable, and is highlighted by Sipe's witty script and both actors' topnotch performance. Gyllenhaal's growing acting skills are literally getting out of control and I mean it in a good way . I don't think anyone could have portrayed Davis as harmoniously as he did, putting you in tears while bringing a smile to your face. After Enemy, Nightcrawler, and Southpaw, Gyllenhaal is slowly and steadily becoming one of the smartest and most talented actors today.One more thing that makes this experience unforgettable is the music. I've mentioned before that this is a film made with passion, and nothing can give voice to passion as much as music does. I will not talk about the brilliant choices of songs and the perfect song-scene synchronization because that will only make sense when you watch the film.Demolition will leave you miserably heavy-hearted but spiritually elevated beyond words.I give it 10 out of 10
Most original movie in 2016 (by brigitte_delfzijl)
FYI: I don't review a lot of movies, except when I feel like I need to tell the world about how they would be missing out if they decided not to watch it. That's how I feel about Demolition. Plus, I've never voted for a 10/10.Jake Gyllenhaal steals the show, once more. His performance astounds me in every single movie, and just when I thought, oh this may be the first movie I'll watch where he'll disappoint; he does the opposite. I also think that the trailer is way less exciting than the movie. This story is so honest, refreshing, naked, thrilling, and yet dreamy at the <more>
same time. Most of the movie I was sort jealous of them, of the way they are dealing with life. It's disturbing and quite wacky to be honest, but still. The way Naomi Watts and Jake Gyllenhaal portray the characters is phenomenal. Great casting. Also the kid does an amazing job. This movie portrays how people are far from perfect, and not in a way we've all seen before. It's original, moving, and a pleasure to watch.
Perfect mix of drama and dark comedy, very heavy but real and authentic. (by stevepeltonen)
I went into watching this movie with no expectations, without even seeing the trailer and trust me that's the best way of seeing this film. Demolition shocks you in the beginning and then you can follow a numb recovery mixed with dark humour, where someone has to deal with losing a person closest to them. While trying to move forward the Davis also has to look back into his life and relationship to make sense of it all.The acting is superb especially on the part of Jake Gyllenhaal and it engulfs you in a sea of varying emotions where sometimes you're laughing and then you might be <more>
Destructive yet inspiring... depending on your current frame of life (by SpoilerAlertReviews)
I don't know where to start simply because I have been inspired and currently distracted by my own thoughts. Yes, inspired by Jean-Marc Vallee wonderful, yet strange tale of self exploration. It's something I can kinda relate to and I'm pretty sure many of us can too to some degree. Jake Gyllenhaal plays Davis, a man who has been totally blindsided by the normality of life, becoming complacent and neglectful of the happenings around him. Disconnected, the death of his wife starts a spiral of events that would lead him down a childlike road of rediscovery. He gets a sudden spark of <more>
new found curiosity which leads him to deconstruct, destroy and disengage with the ordinariness of his lifestyle. All the while, inadvertently affecting those around him, pushing away the old and replenishing with the new. It isn't just him we witness go through the motions but we see the emotional impact HE has on his In-laws, in particular his Father-In-Law, Phil Chris Cooper and the impulsive attraction with his new friend Karen and her troubled son Chris. His In-laws go through grief, anger, confusion and frustration and forgiveness while he becomes borderline crazy and eventually reaches his grief. Stemming from Davis' elaborate letter of complaint to the vending machine company regarding his non-receivable peanut M&Ms, he opens up, writing an honest, unconventional complaint and customer service lady, Karen Naomi Watts can't help but inappropriately attempts contact with Davis' which blooms into a joyous friendship and her character symbolises that innocent attraction I believe many of us seek. As their friendship grows, a bond forms between her son Judah Lewis and Davis, bringing more excitement, discovery and demolition. It's great that the relationship Karen and Davis share is not sexually but purely on attraction. Taking time to get to know each other, talking and listening, having sleep-overs. It's an element of real romance that isn't portrayed in other films very well, or ignored. Maybe a sense of longing they both have had for a very long time, even through marriage. Leaves you with a lot of 'what ifs'. It's brilliantly written, well scripted and the whole cast bring it to life accompanied by a great soundtrack. It's quirky, thought-provoking and inspiring.Running Time: 8 The Cast: 9 Performance: 9 Direction: 9 Story: 9 Script: 9 Creativity: 8 Soundtrack: 8 Job Description: 10 The Extra Bonus Points: 10 for making me want to buy a Transformers lunch box again and to start blogging about touchy feely things. 89% 9/10
I went to see this movie without expecting much. But it caught me off-guard. It's not your run of the mill drama, comedy, feel-good nor action flick. Just a honest portrait depicting someone waking up to his own life after an unexpected event in his life. And suddenly questioning or experiencing his life, which seemed to have been sort of empty for quite some time.If you're trying to decide what movie to go to tonight, this one is a good pick. The movie never bored or felt off beat. It has a nice pace, before you know it the credits roll of the screen and you wonder where the time has <more>
Don't go into this expecting a comedy, even though that is one of the tags on the IMDb page. Though it does have elements of dark comedy.This is not a lighthearted movie, to say the least; yet I would describe it as powerful and very "real." It is the complete opposite of a fairy tale and the complete opposite of romantic comedies - and that is very refreshing. It will cause you to think long and hard about your own relationships. You will continue to think about the movie long after you have left the theater.If you like thought provoking movies that have very authentic <more>
characters and story lines, then I recommend this movie for you. The movie isn't all dark, it does have it's lighthearted moments and I felt it did a great job building the emotion as the movie went on.
Demolition is an amazing movie, combining several intertwined lines all connecting at the end. There were some heavy and sensitive issues tackled by this film and they did an awesome job.I thought the script was well written. I must admit, I didn't see parts of it coming toward the end.I thought the acting was outstanding. Jake keeps himself in incredible shape and he needed to for this role. It was very physical in parts. His character, you have to feel for him and what he is going through, losing his partner. Chris Cooper is one amazing actor. There are bits where the water works almost <more>
I was pleasantly surprised by this movie. Opens with a car crash that takes the life of Jake Gyllenhaal's character's wife. From there this movie swung in a different direction than I thought. For me it seems to be about how someone deals with grief. Everyone around his character wants/expects him to be acting in a certain way. His wife's death has changed his outlook on life and those around him eventually become less comfortable with his behaviour. I really enjoyed Jake's performance. His character is weird Not Nightcrawler weird , funny, angry and ultimately just figuring <more>
out how to grieve. For a movie I was expecting to lean into the sentimentality it played out in a different way that I feel is a bit more true to real life. It didn't win him any awards but I think the acting in this places it as one of the better movies Jake has done.