You might say the devil is in ‘The Details’, the hoped-for breakout role for Tobey Maguire after ‘Spiderman’.
And with only three films in 10 years it may also be make or break for writer and director Jacob Aaron Estes.
What Estes has come up with is a dark comedy, with Maguire and Elizabeth Banks in a 10-year marriage, with a son, and a seemingly idyllic family life in the suburbs. But when raccoons wreak havoc in their home’s backyard, the humans start to wreak some havoc of their own.
“The movie is about these animalistic impulses that people have. Raccoons plays a central role in the plot of the movie, but the movie’s ultimately about how we’re all behaving like raccoons and that’s a theme that felt like it would be fun to express in the course of this movie,” said Estes.
Chaos ensues as marital woes, infidelity, and even murder crash into the plot, and Ray Liotta, Laura Linney, and Kerry Washington join the fun.
“I think the character of Jeffrey Lang in ‘The Details’ is that he’s basically a decent guy, but he’s let life get away from him. He’s not living life completely consciously, meaning, he’s drifted apart from his wife, there’s lots of resentment and past issues unresolved and that creates a tenor of discord under the surface that is popping up,” said Maguire.
Now 37 and a father of two himself Maguire is given a chance to put his boyish roles behind him, and with upcoming work in Jason Reitman’s ‘Labour Day’ adapted from a Joyce Maynard book, and the plum, iconic part of Nick Carraway in Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of ‘The Great Gatsby’, it is clear his cartoon days are behind him.