Sunday, August 14, 2022

Movie Review : I Care A Lot (2021)

The plot tells Marla Grayson (Rosamund Pike), who has devised a heartbreaking, but fairly legitimate, con: She pays doctors to deem elderly folks constitutionally incapable of caring for themselves, then dupes judges into assigning her as their legal representative. She puts them in nursing facilities against their own will when she becomes their legal guardian, and then proceeds to exploit their assets for herself. After money comes in, then hello rich Marla.  Marla is well-dressed, drives nice automobiles, sports a clean-cut hairstyle, and dresses in marvellous, loud suits. Fran (Eiza Gonzalez), her business associate and girlfriend, is the epitome of seductive, classy life. Their ruse is going like clockwork.

I Care a Lot has a lot of positive aspects. The greatest part is Rosamund Pike, who is in top form portraying a character who is even more heartless than her Gone Girl‘s Amy Dunne.  She succeeded in making people feel uncomfortable, as her position needed. Peter  Dinklage is a menace in this film, and his interaction with Pike in the closing stages is particularly unsettling. Eiza Gonzalez’s performance has seduction and passion, and her relationship with Pike is electrifying. Personally, I don’t believe what it symbolized was overdone. Dear Dianne Wiest was such a pleasure to watch, people rooted for her character the most.

Rosamund Pike as Marla Grayson. I Care A Lot. 2021. © Netflix/ STXfilms/ Black Bear Pictures/ Crimple Beck.

The aesthetics are striking and have an adventurous thriller vibe to them. The first half of the writing is crisp, satiric sometimes satiric, and frequently unsettling, potentially making one uneasy with the cruelty. It also has voice over parts that sounds strikingly close to the “Cool Girl” narration from Gone Girl.

Syifa Ramadhani
An undergrad student who takes joy in writing.

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