Coming Distractions: Jake Gyllenhaal struggles to rebuild his life in the new Demolition trailer

Grief inspires (or compels) people to do all kinds of weird stuff including, but not limited to, beginning a home renovation in the wee hours of the night, writing letters to corporations, and dancing in traffic. At least, those were the actions that Jake Gyllenhaal’s widower character took in the first trailer for Jean-Marc Vallée’s Demolition. The latest trailer at the film, which also stars Naomi Watts and Chris Cooper, provides more of the background for Davis’ not-quite breakdown, including his marriage to a woman he admits he never really got around to knowing.

We learned in the first look at Demolition that Davis (Gyllenhaal) is a well-to-do banker who loses his wife in a car accident. He feels guilty about not displaying much sadness, not even in front of his father-in-law (Cooper), so he goes to see a doctor about the “numbness,” in a scene that would …

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