I CARE A LOT – “One deliciously dark blast from start to finish”
J Blakeson (The Disappearance of Alice Creed – 2009)
- Rosamund Pike as Marla Grayson
- Peter Dinklage as Roman Lunyov
- Eiza González as Fran
- Chris Messina as Dean Ericson
- Dianne Wiest as Jennifer Peterson
- Isiah Whitlock Jr. as Judge Lomax
- Macon Blair as Feldstrom
- Lance Norris as Eric
A woman who makes her living stealing from the elderly by deceiving judges into appointing her as their "legal guardian" lands into hot water when her latest victim turns out to have ties to a powerful gangster.
I Care A Lot is one deliciously dark blast from start to finish. Ok, so it’s incredibly ludicrous and only gets more absurd as the nearly 2-hour runtime goes on, but it’s always (and I mean always) a wildly entertaining watch. This is mostly thanks to a plot that takes us in many different directions and never ceases to surprise. The filmmakers also do a nice job of playing with different genres here. It starts out with ultra-dark comedy and drama, only to switch to edge of your seat thrills and action. And while the acting is also quite strong across the board, it’s Rosamund Pike who stands as the MVP. Strutting around with cocksure attitude and an infectious fierceness, Pike’s vile character, Marla, is pretty much the epitome of the term “love to hate.” That also makes for a bit of problem, however, as literally every other character is just as despicable as Marla. It’s hard to really “root” for anyone onscreen when not one person seems to possess any semblance of a moral compass. I’m also not sure there’s much of a message here either. For all its talk about wealth and the “American Dream,” it doesn’t really have anything to say. I guess there is a “lesson” to be had at the end – but nothing of true substance. Regardless, though, when it comes to the sheer entertainment of I Care A Lot, I’m pretty certain you’ll like it… a lot!