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Friday Film: “Demolition”

How many times have you felt depressed or sad? And how many of these times have you found a great and easy way to overcome these feelings and smile again? The movie I chose today not only does it pass a sense of alleviation to you that can make you smile and feel joy, but it also gives some great “tips” on how to defeat any kind of negative feelings you might have.

I’m talking about the 2015 drama/comedy movieDemolition” by Jean-Marc Vallée, the guy who has made another two successful movies which were greatly recognized by the audience and managed to collect many awards. These are no other than “Dallas Buyers Club” and “Wild”, and it seems that “Demolition” is another great piece of art Jean-Marc has offered us after these two.

Davis (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a successful investment banker who loses his wife in a car accident. Dealing with his grief in a weird way, he starts writing a complaint letter to a vending machine company only to end up writing and sending more of them but with much more personal details and completely irrelevant to his original problem. That’s when he meets Karen (Naomi Watts), who is working in the customer service department of the vending machine company and becomes really worried for Davis’ condition after reading his letters. With her and her son’s help, Davis begins rebuilding his life with ways that can make him happy and complete again.

This movie completely overwhelmed me from the very beginning and got me thinking about many things. The way it manages to connect with the viewer in so many levels is really astonishing. Watching it, can actually make you see how great life is and in how many ways you can enjoy it and start draining pleasure from the little and, seemingly, unimportant things we all do nearly every day, and yet, we don’t appreciate or enjoy them as much as we should. Through these little moments people can truly channel a great amount of joy and peacefulness and start taking life easier, forgetting all the bad things or any worries that burden them. And even if you don’t want to do that, watching this movie can actually get you there and make you laugh and continue with a new feeling of satisfaction and fully refreshed.

Of course, the reason this film accomplished to pass all these satisfactory feelings to the viewers and made them realize all these things is Jake Gyllenhaal himself. Jake’s acting is the determining factor that holds this piece of art on a higher level and gives this movie all the right vibes that you need to completely understand and appreciate the messages that it wants to pass in the first place. His astounding ability to transform himself from a grieving husband to a completely renewed and fresh person is exactly what this movie intended to show you. And this transformation successfully happened after watching him doing some seemingly irrational and irrelevant things, always keeping a straight face and showing an unawareness of how stupid he might be looking, and that was exactly what made everyone of us smile again.

“Demolition” is a must-watch movie that I’ve already watched five times and that anyone can watch, even if you are not familiar to this genre. And even after all the above, I still can’t make you realize the greatness of this amazing film or how awesome it will make you feel after watching it. So, go ahead and I promise you won’t regret a single minute of it.

I’ll be back next Friday with another one of my favorite movies that you must watch.

Until then, leave your comments below and let us know what your thoughts on this movie are and if you enjoyed watching it.

 

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