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Demolition Movie Review

Demolition is the new film from Oscar-nominated director, Jean-Marc Vallée. It tells the story of Davis Mitchell (Jake Gyllenhaal), an investment banker, whose wife recently died in a tragic car accident. Instead of mourning her death, Davis questions their relationship. “I don’t think I knew who she was,” he tells an acquaintance. This thought launches Davis into a self-created mission to find out more about his wife and more importantly, himself.

Jake Gyllenhaal in Demolition

Jake Gyllenhaal in Demolition

Firstly, I find it quite odd that Demolition comes after Vallée’s incredible film, Wild. The 2014 drama, starring Reese Witherspoon, was an emotionally rich journey of a character trying to find inner peace. It is a nearly perfect character study, displaying a person’s road to self-revelation. So, when the filmmaker returns to tell a very similar story, it’s interesting that it is so unsuccessful in doing the same. Wild is a more complete, efficient work, whereas Demolition feels overfilled. It opens up a lot of storylines, only to never close them or even revisit them.