Netflix’s I Care A Lot is part thriller, part mystery, and part comedy, with an intriguing story and well chosen cast.
I Care A Lot is a suspenseful thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat throughout the majority of it. As the plot builds, the story just gets crazier and crazier. Rosamund Pike and Peter Dinklage deliver stellar performances and steal every scene they are in. While it clocks in at two hours, it won’t feel that long because you will be trying to guess what is going to happen next. But with a crazy twist ending, guessing it is close to impossible.
This story follows Marla Grayson, who is quite the scam artist. She takes advantage of older people, paying off whoever she needs to, when she becomes their legal guardian. She targets those who are easiest, and auctions off their assets including homes and vehicles after sticking them in health care facilities. Shortly into the movie, she messes with the wrong person, and does whatever she can to make sure she doesn’t regret it.
What Works With I Care A Lot
It is pretty hard to make a movie with a lead character that you hate — absolutely hate — and keep an audience entertained from beginning to end. Especially when the movie itself is two hours long. I Care A Lot pulls this all off.
Peter Dinklage is an absolute treasure and should be in every movie ever. That is my major takeaway from this flick. He is amazing in it and brings some seriously dark humor to the story. That being said, Rosamund Pike is pretty incredible as well. She really, truly, will make you hate her. Despise even.
The cinematography is quite amazing. There are two scenes that immediately come to mind when I say this, however, both are pretty spoilery. So what I will say is to keep your eyes peeled for a scene that takes place inside the care facility, and one that involves water. Two of my favorite scenes in this film, and both are incredibly shot.
The ending is a complete twist — one that I didn’t see coming at all. As I was wrapping my head around it, thinking yeah, I kind of dig this ending, they threw in another twist. Which I also really liked. I have a feeling some people might not be too happy with the ending but I find that it was absolutely perfect. It was the payoff I needed after becoming so invested in this movie for two hours.
What Doesn’t Work With I Care A Lot
I really enjoyed this movie, so it is hard to pick something that didn’t work for me. While it is long, it didn’t feel like it, and I loved to hate Marla. However, I will say that some of the pacing felt off and there are moments where the script could have been tightened up. The movie could have easily cut fifteen minutes or so, and I can pick out many spots where it would have been just fine to do so.
The subject of the film is a bit depressing as well. I mean, to see the elderly being taken advantage like that, and to have a judge that has no clue what he is doing to them, is hard. However, that is kind of the point of the movie. So I will allow it.
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About I Care A Lot
Poised with sharklike self-assurance, Marla Grayson (Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike) is a professional, court-appointed guardian for dozens of elderly wards whose assets she seizes and cunningly bilks through dubious but legal means. It’s a well-oiled racket that Marla and her business-partner and lover Fran (Eiza González) use with brutal efficiency on their latest “cherry,” Jennifer Peterson (two-time Academy Award winner Dianne Wiest) — a wealthy retiree with no living heirs or family.
But when their mark turns out to have an equally shady secret of her own and connections to a volatile gangster (Golden Globe winner Peter Dinklage), Marla is forced to level up in a game only predators can play — one that’s neither fair, nor square.