Demolition ★★★★

Grief and loss manifested in psychological decay and self-destruction. As a metaphor for the deconstruction of a life and demolition of a marriage, which may not have been as idyllic as implied, this isn’t exactly subtle, nor particularly insightful. What it is however is another impressive display of versatility and magnetic screen presence from Jake Gyllenhaal, who is pretty much my favourite screen actor currently at work.
For all the film’s downbeat content and raw emotion, this doesn’t wallow in misery, rather it approaches its subject with humour and compassion, perhaps sliding dangerously close to whimsy or that dreaded indie approved quirkiness at times, but ultimately prevails as a life-affirming portrayal of rediscovery and reinvention in the wake of trauma and tragedy.