Demolition

Demolition

Demolition

Following his Oscar-nominated films Wild and Dallas Buyers Club, filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée directs Jake Gyllenhaal in this comedic drama about an investment banker struggling to deal with the recent death of his wife. His grieving plan: demolishing and rebuilding his house. Co-stars Naomi Watts, Heather Lind (Broadwalk Empire) and Oscar-winner Chris Cooper (Adaptation).

2015Rating: M, Mature themes, sexual references, drug references and coarse language101 minsUSA
ComedyDrama
Director:
Jean-Marc Vallée ('Wild', 'Dallas Buyers Club', 'Cafe de Flore')
Writer:
Bryan Sipe
Cast:
Jake GyllenhaalNaomi WattsHeather LindChris CooperJudah Lewis

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Demolition / Reviews

Flicks, Liam Maguren

Flicks, Liam Maguren

You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone. That might mean your wife. And that might make you realise that you don’t give a shit about your marriage. That’s the issue Davis (Jake Gyllenhaal) faces as he remains emotionally numb to the fact while everyone else mourns like a ‘normal’ person. He recognises his apparent apathy, but doesn’t know where it stems from, triggering an obsession with deconstructing things – his fridge, his boss’s lamp, the F word – in the lead-up to pulling the plunger on his identity.

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Variety

Variety

Gyllenhaal grounds Davis’ wildly unraveling psyche, finding both the humor and heart in a man who admits to having spent the past 10 to 12 years incapable of feeling.

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Time Out

Time Out

Demolition buries its lead actor under a rubble of clichés.

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The Washington Post

The Washington Post

The oddball grief drama Demolition proves that an actor who could easily be dismissed as just another watchable face is actually possessed of subtle, fascinatingly protean chops.

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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

Demolition is mainly casting about for a point, when it doesn’t feel like a wrecking ball aimed squarely at itself.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

A frustratingly aimless soul-search that veers uncomfortably between quirk and melancholy.

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Stuff

Stuff

Thanks to Vallee's surefooted and witty direction, a passel of very good performances and a handful of terrific songs on the soundtrack, I finished up liking Demolition probably far more than I should have.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

There are genuine, moving moments and some hilarious ones but overall it tries too hard to put a new spin on an age-old topic.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

It’s a unique take on what could otherwise be a morbidly depressing tale of loss and grief...

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Herald Sun

Herald Sun

Not for everyone, but will mean a lot for those who can stay on the same select frequency of feeling as its star throughout.

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FilmInk

FilmInk

An incredibly humane film. It does not judge its characters, and it refuses to have villains.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

More scientific than genuinely moving.

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