Grief and ‘Demolition’


Demolition PosterEveryone deals with grief in a different way. In Demolition, a grieving husband played by Jake Gyllenhaal starts by writing detailed complaint letters that expand into the story of his life. He then moves on to demolishing his former life, piece by piece.The trailer is filled with his regrets and with a lot of demolition.

It looks at this point like a fairly solid romantic comedy, the kind where everyone discovers what they really value in life and fall in love along the way.

It also looks like Davis gets to do some of the destruction everyone dreams of from time to time.

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.

Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper, Judah Lewis

Directed by:
Jean-Marc Vallée

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