I entered the theatre with a jovial mood but left with a rather depressed mind. And that’s what this movie had done to me! Read on to find out why ‘Demolition’ is a very, very depressing flick…
Star Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper, Heather Lind and Judah Lewis
Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
Producer: Lianne Halfon, Russ Smith, Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill, Sidney Kimmel, Jean-Marc Vallée, Thad Luckinbill and John Malkovich
Claps For: Jake Gyllenhaal, Direction, First Half
Slaps For: Second Half, Screenplay
What’s New: Nothing
Popcorn Refill: Interval
Plot: Davis Mitchell, an investment banker, loses his wife in a car accident. Not having anyone to speak to or share his feeling with, he starts behaving differently and begins writing letters to complain about a vending machine until one day, he receives a call from a customer service rep who grasps his loneliness and offers help through friendship.
Performances:This movie belongs to Jake Gyllenhaal. He plays the man damaged from within with great intensity! From playing the man who has a routine life to someone who becomes emotionally stunted after his wife’s death, trying to find solace in every second person and dismantling things that are not working properly- he breathes life into his character of the investment banker. There are scenes where he would make you feel bad for him, and then there are scenes where he would make you laugh while continuing with his loner-mannerisms!
Chris Cooper and Naomi Watts have done a wonderful job too. Judah Lewis is a complete waste and has nothing much to do.
Direction: Such is the direction of Jean-Marc Vallée that you too would start feeling depressed at some point of the movie, wondering how Davis is going to come out of this phase. He perfectly combines intensity with slight humor.
However, a hard-hitting first half deserves a hard-hitting second half too. Or rather, a delightful second half filled with emotions. And that’s where the movie starts going down. While a few scenes like Davis demolishing his own house to remove all his frustration are good, every other scene fails to lift up the movie again and show the transformation of Davis getting back to being a happy man who has gotten over his past and learnt the meaning of life and relationships.
Somehow, the second half fails to convince and provide a fitting ending for a movie that started on an amazing note. And that’s another reason why movie goers, who were expecting the second half to be better might end up getting depressed even more!
Combo-On-Offer: Drama + Comedy
Verdict: We give the movie SLAPS because despite Jake Gyllenhaal’s wonderful performance, the movie ends up being another forgetful flick as it starts with a bang and ends with a whimper!