I am starting to think that there is very little that Jake Gyllenhaal can’t do. His latest string of movies really showcase his skill level as an actor and his ability has come a long way since…. lets say… Bubble Boy. If you look at some of his more recent films, like Nightcrawler and Southpaw, the roles could not be more different. In Nightcrawler he plays a weak and feeble, but strong-willed and crazy late-night news footage freelancer who will do anything to make his mark in the world. While his role in Southpaw is a rugged kid from the streets who fought his way to being a world championship boxer. Hell, even is lesser known film Enemy he plays two men that are virtually twins but have polar opposite personalities. His acting ability is no longer a question, it is a fact! I would actually put his ability close to someone like Leonardo DiCaprio–someone I think might be one of the best actors of our time.
In his newest film, Demolition, Gyllenhaal plays an investment banker whose wife recently died in a car accident. His father-in-law pressures him to pull it together, but dealing with his wife’s death and dealing with the fact that he may have never really known her to begin with keeps Gyllenhaal spinning in a downward spiral. He starts a complain letter to a vending machine company after the, said, vending machine fails to give him the pack of peanut M&M’s. This letter begins a string of letters to the same company that has less to do with the failure of the machine and more about Davis’s (Gyllenhaal) relationship with his wife.
When a customer service representative, Karen (Naomi Watts), finds these letters she becomes interested in Davis in part because she is going through some emotional turmoil of her own. The two form an unlikely bond along with her son and together they begin to take steps to help Davis rebuild his life by first demolishing his old life (and house).
Here is the trailer:
Now, when I first read the premise to this movie, I thought a film like this would be completely dry and slow. But after watching the trailer I am not so sure… Gyllenhaal brings some surprising depth to a role like this and I am really looking forward to it. I guess it looks like a charmingly funny film? Definitely worth going to see or at least giving some more trailers a shot.
So what do you think? Are you at all interested in this film? Why or why not?