Is there another actor in the world who combines sexy and chilling with Rosamund Pike’s fair? She is strikingly beautiful, but also fragile, so you instinctively understand that beyond the sculpted cheekbones lies a fierce capacity for cruelty. In the first minutes of I care a lotPike, playing an unscrupulous legal guardian named Marla Grayson, tells a man who has just spat on her, “Having a penis doesn’t automatically make you scarier than me. Exactly the opposite. You may be a man, but if you ever threaten, touch or spit on me again, I will grab your penis and balls and tear them off. What a hero.
Except Marla isn’t like that. She is a vulture pursuing senior citizens – which seems to me to be completely new in a low level of film malice. Marla runs a successful business as a court-appointed legal guardian. Faced with a doctor and the head of an auxiliary housing facility, Marla plans to have conscious elderly people declared mentally incompetent. The court then placed them in her care and she sucked them dry. Her work gives her a glow of nobility – at the beginning of the film she says to a judge with sincere sincerity: All day, every day, I care. But in reality, every compartment for her is a lottery ticket. She is responsible for their finances. She charges them for the hours she works for them and for the nursing home where she shares – you can imagine how that disappears.
Marla and her partner Fran find a goal that they define as a cherry because she is such a perfect victim – rich without a family, showing early signs of oblivion. Jennifer Peterson, played by the great Diane West, was taken from her immaculate home to the facility. The complete lack of morality in the film creates solid entertainment, but this sequence is appalling because it seems so believable. Jennifer protests, but no one listens. She finds herself alone in a room that is essentially a luxury prison. Later in the film, she tells Marla – I’m the worst mistake you’ll ever make.
Screenwriter-director J. Blakeson constructs a delicious wild game of cat and mouse, in which we are horrified by Marla’s actions, but we also admire her steely madness. Peter Dinklage plays Roman Lanev, a criminal who, when asked who he is, describes himself as a “dangerous man.” Marla and Roman break up, but Marla doesn’t give an inch. She is a great opponent.
Blakeson also positioned Marla as a distorted embodiment of the American dream. Marla is clear that she wants money, and a lot of it. In one scene, she says she wants enough “to use money as a weapon, as a stick, as real rich people do.” Wearing killer high-heeled heels and beans, Marla feels like Katherine Trammell’s monstrous love child from Basic Instinct and Gordon Gecko from Wall Street. She is deeply frightening and completely fabulous.
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I care a lot is completely satisfying. There’s a scene where Jennifer calls Marla an epithet I can’t repeat, which makes me want to whistle loudly. These toxic people make wonderful company.
You can watch I care a lot in Netflix India.