Today I had two hours where I had absolutely nothing to do so I listed 10 movie titles, closed my eyes and pointed at a random one, and when I saw my index finger pointing at Demolition, I was skeptical because I had never seen Jake Gyllenhaal’s movies because he always annoyed me for some reason. Very mature of me, I know… But since his co-star is Naomi Watts, I gave Demolition the benefit of the doubt (remember how she nailed her role in The Impossible?).
The first scene of the movie is just perfection, as we get a beautiful picture of Manhattan and the One World Trade Center, and that’s enough to make me interested. Well, Demolition is about a very succesful business man Davis whose wife dies in a car accident, which is very hard for him to cope with. His father-in-law and boss keeps telling him to seek help and to try to move on, but he continues with his very odd and self-destructive behavior. He meets Karen in an extremely ridiculous and creepy way and starts sending letters telling her about his personal life. They end up having a great connection and Karen helps Davis rebuild his life.
Remember that I said that Jake Gyllenhaal is annoying? Well, I was wrong. I found his acting very likeable in this movie and I was positively surprised by his great performance. Naomi Watts, on the other hand, was meeeh, and I really expected more from her, but I can’t blame her since her character is totally messed up and annoying. Although Jake was really good, I got to say that Judah Lewis was the best playing Karen’s son Chris. Nothing better than seeing talented rising stars!
Honestly, Demolition was a waste of those two hours I could’ve spent watching a few episodes of Keeping Up with the Kardashians (don’t judge me, it’s my guilty pleasure no. 1), but oh well, I guess it’s refreshing to criticize some movies from time to time. Demolition is not particularly a horrible movie but it’s not a good movie either. The storyline is a good idea with a grieving widower who doesn’t really know how to cope with the loss of his wife, he behaves oddly, he wants to start over etc. etc. But it ends up being strange and confusing, and it took me probably 20 minutes before I started thinking “WTF?“. And what really annoys me is that many things don’t make sense in the movie! Davis admits on various occasions that he never loved his wife but yet he has a very tough grieving process. He wants to take things apart in order to understand them and see how they work, but Davis just does it without any purpose instead.
I like how Demolition aimed to show that not everyone grieves the same way and that grief comes in different forms but the movie was just strange. There are various things that are not clear and never get cleared up such as the wagon following Davis, and it’s not something you can just interpret however you want. The characters are unlikable and self-centred and you don’t connect with them, and, eventually, you don’t even care about them. I’ll rate Demolition with 1 out of 5 clapperboards because it honestly doesn’t deserve more with its messy story and a very good idea gone extremely wrong.