As a fan of both “Wild” and “Dallas Buyers Club,” I can’t help but be a little intrigued by director Jean-Marc Vallée’s latest project, “Demolition.” True, investing in the story of a marriage the protagonist isn’t all that interested in might be a bit of a tough sell for audiences, but then again a girl going for a hike because she hates her life doesn’t sound all that compelling either.
I’m going to give Vallée the benefit of the doubt here and say I’m looking forward to this one. Trailer and synopsis below:
Davis (Jake Gyllenhaal), a successful investment banker, struggles after losing his wife in a tragic car crash. Despite pressure from his father in law Phil (Chris Cooper) to pull it together, Davis continues to unravel. What starts as a complaint letter to a vending machine company turns into a series of letters revealing startling personal admissions. Davis’ letters catch the attention of customer service rep Karen (Naomi Watts) and, amidst emotional and financial burdens of her own, the two form an unlikely connection. With the help of Karen and her son Chris (Judah Lewis), Davis starts to rebuild, beginning with the demolition of the life he once knew.