TIFF ’15 Review: Demolition

Posted in Festival Coverage, Movies, TIFF 2015 by - September 18, 2015
TIFF ’15 Review: Demolition



Grief takes a violent yet cathartic turn in what has to be director Jean Marc Vallee’s most accessible film to date.

After tragically losing his wife in a car crash, investment banker Davis Mitchell (Jake Gyllenhaal) really has no idea which way to turn because he feels incapable of feeling anything and letting his emotions out.  When a complaint letter to Champion Vending Machine Company gets responded to by Karen Moreno (Naomi Watts) he feels oddly compelled and draw to them and they form an awkward bond.  As Davis’ random acts of destruction take him on a journey to try and feel something genuine yet again, these two both evolve into something that they never had expected as they run rampant over friends and loved ones who just don’t understand them at all.

A story that redefines and challenges how we grieve which we simply cannot look away from as director Jean Marc Vallee puts social standards and expectations on trial in a beautifully nuanced piece of cinema.  In grief, people want it to be defined and quantified when in reality it is an emotion that you just have to run with and this comes across beautifully on the screen.  Jake Gyllenhaal is once again at the top of his game as he knows how to navigate every nook and cranny of this complex character.

Demolition works so damn well because it rings true as honest and genuine storytelling from someone who cares deeply about the craft.

Demolition is no longer screening during TIFF.

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