Demolition (2015): It will make you think

What is it about?

Davis (Jake Gyllenhaal) is an investment banker and it’s expected from him to be a merciless bastard. After his wife dies tragically, it seems he is not affected by it at all. Which is pretty cold, even for an investment banker.

Everyone around him is surprised by his total lack of sympathy. But, is he really not affected by his wife’s death, or is there something else going on with him? With the help of a customer service representative (Naomi Watts), he will demolish his entire way of life and try to build something new.

 

Who should watch it?

  • Should I watch it with my kid(s)?

    I doubt your kids will appreciate this kind of drama. You see, nothing is getting demolished per say, it’s only a metaphor. I know, it disappointed me as well.

  • Is it good to watch on a date?

    No.

  • For what kind of audience is it intended?

    For anyone who appreciates a “heavy” drama that makes you think, and doesn’t mind slow, subtle movies.

What can I expect from this movie?

  • Will I fall off the couch laughing and have sore abs the next day due to laughing too hard?

    No.

  • Is my brain going to implode trying to figure out the movie?

    No.

  • Will I learn anything from this movie?

    Yes. If your wife dies tragically and you don’t give a shit about it, at least act like you do or people will be mad at you. Especially your in-laws.

  • Is it based on something?

    No.

  • Is this movie a must-see?

    Only if you’re Jake Gyllenhaal’s fan.

Similar movies like “Demolition”?

To be recommended.

Judgment time!

“Demolition” is definitely not a movie for everyone. It’s slow, doesn’t have much going on and worst of all, it makes you think. If you are looking for entertainment, this movie is not for you. It’s not funny, it’s not scary, there are no cool action scenes or mind-blowing twists.

What it does have, is a powerful performance from Jake Gyllenhaal (as usual) and a great psychological story in which main character’s life is carefully deconstructed, only to be assembled as an improved version of itself. I give it 7/10.

 

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