By Misty Williams | Staff Writer |
While “Demolition” was heartfelt and comforting, it was still very repetitive and predictable. I definitely wouldn’t see it again, or buy on DVD.
It’s obvious how the storyline of a man writing complaint letters to a vending machine company can easily get boring.
Narrated by the main character Davis, played by Jake Gyllenhaal, the film is about a man who loses his wife, but hasn’t discovered an effective coping mechanism.
Luckily, Gyllenhaal delivered a great performance, making the movie very intimate.
Without his brilliant and skilled acting, the movie would have been a total bust.
“Demolition’s” characters had a lot of layers to them, to the average person they would be looked at as ordinary, but to those who have watched the film, you can see how extraordinary they truly are.
To play a man, who feels nothing initially and eventually unfolds into this monster of emotions, is not an easy thing to do.
Davis destroys his precious house in to show how much he is filled with sorrow and pain.
In a metaphorical sense his house was him: strong and held together.
By it being destructed to be rebuilt, expresses the growth that his character had to go through.
I think the writers were trying to convey that, though the movie is called “Demolition,” the film is about deconstructing one’s life and the world around you.
While first watching this film I could not wrap my mind around why someone would invest in trying to put a film like this into theaters.
The movie initially grabbed my attention by showing the tragic accident that Davis’s wife dies in, but from there, it had gotten kind of slow, making me just anticipate action.
Though I was not a big fan of the storyline, I do think that the acting in this movie could be seen as Oscar worthy.
The cinematography was not original.
The film started with an initial bang, but getting to the climax of the film was a drag.
We all have eventually had to deal with death at one point in time in our lives, making this movie easy to connect to.
From the beginning of the film you are in a thrown into the plot with no recollection of everything that has taken place beforehand.
We know about Davis’ wife dying but we do not know what happened beforehand until we have the opportunity to witness the deconstruction unfold before our eyes.
The actors in this movie overall did a phenomenal job, because the roles initially don’t seem complex; it takes skill to still be able to evoke emotions out of someone.
Judah Lewis, as a newcomer did an excellent job along with Naomi Watts in her supporting role, and Chris Cooper who plays the father-in-law.
The characters had a lot of depth, but because the plot was bland, it limited some of the potential of supporting roles.
All in all, it was like watching a black and white film in color.