I Care A Lot: The BRWC Review. By George Clark.
What a rollercoaster of a film I Care a Lot turned out to be! J Blakeson’s dark comedic thriller, starring Rosamund Pike, Peter Dinklage, Eiza González, Chris Messina, and Dianne Wiest, follows Marla Grayson, a court-appointed legal guardian who defrauds her older clients and traps them under her care. But her latest mark comes with some unexpected baggage when one of her clients has ties to the Russian Mafia.
Rosamund Pike is once again at her best whilst donning vibrant outfits, an enchanting façade, and thriving in this deliciously devilish role that’s her best performance since Fincher’s Gone Girl. The film manages to give her a fascinating character that she sinks her teeth into, creating a tough, calculated legal guardian who exploits the law for her own financial ambition. It’s not that anyone else in the movie isn’t good, Peter Dinklage’s mobster is pure brilliance and Eiza González is the perfect partner for Pike, but no one ever quite matches the unrivaled brilliance of her when given a clear runway to strut her skills as an actress.
Seeing her in peak form nimbly navigating the tonal minefield of this late-stage capitalism critique is an absolute delight and as the escalating cat-and-mouse game between Pike’s schemer and Peter Dinklage’s Russian mobster spirals, it becomes increasingly intriguing to watch as the tit for tat scenarios play out right till the very, seemingly fitting end.
Whether you find this entertaining, repugnant, or just plain boring will depend on your ability to stomach the despicable reality of it. Writer-director J Blakeson’s stylish, sardonic thriller directly hits the nail on the head with its downright heartless approach about horrible people doing horrible things to each other.
It’s the first film in quite some time that I’ve been entertained whilst rooting for characters to mutually destroy one another for their actions. You know what you’re watching is wrong but J Blakeson put’s such a devilish twist on it that you’re encapsulated by the story from the very beginning while feeling bad for the elderly people that are being swindled out of their livelihoods.
It’s a major, much-needed win for both Pike and Blakeson, coming off the back of ‘Radioactive’ last year and Blakeson’s last misfire 2016’s ‘The 5th Wave’. The more delectably wicked and dyspeptically sour it becomes, the more transfixed audiences will become when it finally hits streaming on the 19th. Check out ‘I Care a Lot’ on the 19th of February on Amazon Prime in the UK and Netflix in the US!
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