Jake Gyllenhaal Continues To Showcase His Talents In Demolition

imageFor nearly 17 years, Jake Gyllenhaal has been growing up on screen. As he’s gotten older, he’s consistently gotten better. He’s not only become a more polished actor, his choice of films has gotten better and better. He shows no fear when choosing films and is never ever afraid to challenge himself.
When he burst on the scene with his first major role in October Sky, the whole film community stood up and took notice. He appeared wise beyond his years and nothing short of a natural. He could have easily played it safe and gone on playing the sweet kid who everyone roots for, instead he did a complete 180 and his very next project was the existential and the cult classic, Donnie Darko. His choices and career have not stopped surprising everyone. One thing that is no longer a surprise is his unbelievable acting ability.
Gyllenhaal’s latest movie, Demolition, showcases all of these aspectsimage of his career. The story is about a young Wall Street broker named Davis, who suddenly loses his wife in an automobile accident in which he is unharmed. When Davis is told what happened, he is truly unaffected by the news. His first reaction is to purchase some M&Ms in the nearby vending machine. When the candy gets stuck he chooses to write the vending machine company a letter explaining what transpired. Once he puts the pen to paper, he begins to go into detail everything that happened not only on that day, but in many aspects of his life and marriage.
Those around Davis begin to question his mental state when they notice that he appears completely emotionless at the loss of his wife. The most concerned is his father in law played by the wonderful Chris Cooper, who oddly enough played his father in his first big film, October Sky. His father in law Phil does all he can to bring comfort to Davis to seemingly no avail due to his complete lack of emotion.
imageDavis continues to write more letters to the vending machine company and is soon contacted by the customer service representative who contacts him because she is intrigued and touched by his letters. They form an odd yet heartwarming relationship through letters and phone calls as Davis begins to take a piece of Phil’s advice much too literally. Phil had told him that taking apart something is the only way to put it back together again. Phil’s advice is meant to draw out Davis and open him up. Davis begins dismantling everything he can and it becomes an obsession.
His relationship with the service representative begins to grow and become deeper while not becoming romantic. They both understand the need to dismantle their lives as a way to understand the depths of themselves. As things in Davis’ life begin to reveal themselves he is able to cope and come to grips with the years of his marriage and where to go for there on out.
The performance that Gyllenhaal gives is nothing short of captivating and marvelous. The evolution of Davis is so well told and the manor in which he lets it unfold is palpable. You easily feel his emotions and lack thereof, right down to its turning point.
Demolition is without question the first really good film of the year. Whether or not it is a major player come award season is still to be determined by the power of the other films that are yet to be released. One thing is for sure, Demolition will not disappoint.

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