Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
By Kitty Turpin
People deal with the loss of a loved one in different ways. For Davis (Jake Gyllenhaal) the grief of losing his wife, Julia (Heather Lind), in a car accident doesn’t quite hit him like it does to everyone around him. Davis just feels…well he can’t explain how he feels but it certainly doesn’t include feeling sorry for himself just yet.
Demolition is Davis’ slow decent into madness. After the car accident, and losing the one thing that he didn’t pay enough attention to, he cannot seem to turn off his senses. After his father in law (Chris Cooper) says to him that to know something “you have to take everything apart”, Davis becomes obsessed with taking things apart and writing to Champion Vending Company.
Gyllenhaal always seems to end up playing these types of characters – strange, not all there, with a little hint of comedic value because of this. I am definitely not complaining, however, as Gyllenhaal brings Davis to life with his awkward quirks that make him such a unique actor.
The cinematography is beautiful, with a series of montages forming Davis’ memories of his deceased wife. Sharing these moments with the audience allowed us to understand that even though Davis’ wasn’t showing his feelings like those around him, he still cared and was just as stuck on her as everyone else. These moments were seamlessly stitched into the story with a vivid realness akin to the likeness of dreams. And isn’t that all we have of our loved ones when they have passed?
Special mentions to Chris Cooper for playing the distressed father, and the fresh faced young actor Judah Lewis, for his part as Chris, a confused teen. I’m sure we’ll be seeing a lot more of him.
You can catch Demolition for its second screening at Revelation Film Festival on Wednesday 13 July at Luna Leederville.
For more information visit the Revelation Film Festival Website.