Not too long ago we saw Jake Gyllenhaal play an intense character dealing with the loss of his wife in Southpaw. It would seem there’s a bit of a trend in the roles Gyllenhaal has been taking on recently. In Demolition, he plays a successful investment banker struggling to cope with losing his wife in a car accident. Check out the trailer below:
The film is directed by Dallas Buyer’s Club director, Jean-Marc Vallée and stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper and Heather Lind among others.
Full Synopsis via IMDB via Fox Searchlight (**SPOILERS**):
“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.”
This film is pitched as a purely dramatic narrative, but feels a lot lighter than the subject matter would suggest. I think this may be a great opportunity to bring yet another amazing performance from Gyllenhaal to audiences all over the world.
And will he get an Oscar nomination? Knowing The Academy, probably not.
About the Author: Stephen is a film critic, currently making the transition to filmmaker via his latest project, #BreatheEasy2016.