In the upcoming dramedy Demolition, Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Davis Mitchell, a successful and arrogant investment banker who struggles to cope with his wife’s death in a violent car crash.
The cast also features Naomi Watts (Divergent franchise), Chris Cooper (August: Osage County), Wass Stevens (House of Cards), Polly Draper (The Good Wife) and Heather Lind (TV series TURN: Washington’s Spies).
Directing the film is Jean-Marc Vallée, known for the Oscar Award-winning Dallas Buyers Club and acclaimed adventure drama Wild. The screenplay was written by Bryan Sipe (Alpha Mail).
The demolition referred to in the title comes after Mitchell’s father-in-law tells him, “If you want to fix something, you have to take it apart and put it back together.” Taking these words literally, the emotionally dysfunctional Mitchell is compelled to pick up a tool box and dismantle anything around the house that annoys him: a leaky refrigerator, an office computer that keeps freezing, a creaky bathroom door.
This may sound like a typically morbid film about dealing with grief, but it offers a surprising quirky take on the genre, using clever dark humor and Mitchell’s eccentric behavior to keep the audience entertained despite the tragic subject matter.