Director: J Blakeson
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Runtime: 118 Minutes
Main Cast: Rosamund Pike, Peter Dinklage, Eliza González, Dianne Wiest, Chris Messina, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Macon Blair
Plot: Marla (Rosamund Pike) runs a tightly knit scam as a court-appointed legal guardian by trapping vulnerable patients into her care and taking their money. When Marla and her partner Fran (Eliza González) think they’ve hit the jackpot in the form of Jennifer (Wiest), a lady with no family whatsoever, they pounce, only to find things aren’t exactly as they seem.
My Thoughts: After my initial confusion of how I was even meant to watch this movie (UK Netflix even lists it when you search and then is like…no, we don’t have that) I summoned my cats and hunkered down. It’s been too long since I last saw Rosamund Pike and knowing she was going to play a villain with that stunning haircut only she could pull off? That’s peak excitement level for me right there. Let’s not go into the debate rife on Twitter about not being able to root for an evil character, we don’t have to root for her to enjoy the movie. It worked for Joker, it worked for American Psycho and works just fine here. Seriously – what is it about female led movies that causes such a storm?
I really enjoyed this though, it’s absolutely wild. Rosamund Pike doesn’t get anywhere near enough credit and spotlight as she deserves. She is stone cold here. Of course we want to see her lose but man, we can appreciate how bad ass she is. It’s quite scary though to think that this might be a fictional movie, but this scam must happen in real life, too. Peter Dinklage gives us another enemy to despise and he’s an interesting choice. Personally I haven’t enjoyed any of his roles outside of Game of Thrones, and I can’t pinpoint why yet. The only character I felt somewhat sorry for was Eliza González’s character Fran. She was the only one who seemed to have a hint of a moral compass.
It gets way too silly in the third act, that’s the movie’s only downfall in my eyes. I’m fine with things being a bit non-realistic but it got so dramatic in some points that it was a bit exhausting. The ending definitely made up for that, though. I’ll say that much. All in all, I had high expectations from the initial trailer and most of those expectations were met. I definitely recommend I Care a Lot!
Best Bit: One of the strongest elements of this movie is it’s opening scenes – they were absolutely perfect. The fury of the son who lost his court appeal followed by Marla’s fierce lecture? It was cinematic perfection. *chefs kiss*
Worst Bit: Picture this – you work in a convenience store out in the middle of nowhere. Someone walks in late at night, soaking wet, badly injured…and you don’t check on them at all?!
Fun Trivia: When Marla Grayson is on the phone with Sam Rice, he asks her if she has heard of the Milgram experiment, which references a series of social psychology experiments conducted by Stanley Milgram where subjects obeyed authority figures (i.e. giving electric shocks to people) regardless of possible consequences.
My Rating: 4 out of 5 vape pens which have never looked cooler than in the hands of Marla Grayson.