The second trailer for the upcoming Jean-Marc Vallée-directed comedy-drama Demolition (you can catch the first one here) shows Jake Gyllenhaal getting some much needed release in his life.
For those of you that missed it the first time around, or need a refresher, the official plot synopsis is as follows:
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.
There’s so much I like about this trailer – Jake Gyllenhaal’s languid voice over, the way he literally and figuratively dismantles everything around him in an attempt understand it, and the overall quirky nature of the movie it’s teasing.
But it also has a piece of my movie kryptonite – the precocious kid who dispenses life-changing lessons to the jaded adult by reconnecting him to an earlier lost sense of innocence. I just can’t stand the ham-fisted “out of the mouths of babes” trope.
Demolition, directed by Jean-Marc Vallée with the screenplay by Bryan Sipe, is due for release next year on 8 April (US release date); it stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper, Judah Lewis and Heather Lind.
Last Updated: February 5, 2016