Film Preview: Demolition (2016)

Page Revisions:

(September 13, 2015) Original
(February 7, 2016) New Trailer (#2) / New Poster (#1)
(March 3, 2016) New Posters (#2 & #3)

Release Date:

April 8, 2015


From IMDb: “A successful investment banker struggles after losing his wife in a tragic car crash.”

Poster Rating: B / C+ / B-

Review: (#1) It’s a simple visual effect, but it works so perfectly with the film’s themes and expertly keeps the effect going through the text at the bottom.

(#2) The peeling paint concept doesn’t quite general the same visceral response as the first design, but it’s not all that disappointing. (#3) This dried and cracked dirt style may not be more in line with the first design than the second, but it’s definitely more visually appealing.

Trailer Rating: B- / B

Review: (#1) There’s some vague humor in the trailer that makes this film about coping with loss seem a bit warmer than it might otherwise be. However, the trailer doesn’t give it much sense of originality, just a series of destructive events that may or may not be enlightening.

(#2) There’s not a lot of difference between this trailer and the prior. Both paint a portrait of a man in denial over the death of his wife and both explore the humor and cognitive struggle conveyed by Jake Gyllenhaal. It could be quite impressive, but all things considered, it could be the opposite.

Oscar Prospects:

Jean-Marc Vallée has been doing better with the Oscars recently, but reviews on this were lukewarm and apart from Jake Gyllenhaal making yet another unsuccessful attempt to earn a second Oscar nomination, there isn’t much likely to come of this film.

Trailer #1

Trailer #2


Poster #1Poster #2Poster #3

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