Updated: Apr 23
Rosamund Pike slayed her character so brilliantly in Gone Girl that men in 2014 departed from their clingy girlfriends in fear of getting their own testicles sliced off in bed. It's no surprise, then, that director J Blakeson pursued the actress for his newest title 'I Care Alot' where a cunning Massachusetts scammer takes money from pensioners, locking them helplessly in care homes. Pike was turning her creepy pearly whites to the lens, and I was in for a thrilling kickass tale to unnerve me in my seat.
Being a relatively new British director who focuses on making thrillers, J Blakeson has jumped up to deliver a shining cast with epic action sequences throughout this movie. Marla, with her freshly trimmed bob, portrays innocence to the courts . To be able to pull off a character whose respected in one scene, but causes havoc in another, results in major complex editing. You see no flaws in the cinematography and the director easily switches from nice to nasty with slick cuts.
It's refreshing to see a lesbian couple leading this narrative. You're blissfully unaware at the beginning of the picture about the relationship between the lead Pike and her suited side kick Fran (Eiza González). You realise their intimacy towards the middle, when they trap retiree Jennifer into giving away her home, showcasing queer women with power for young viewers. The music is what ultimately makes this picture alive. There's this constant xylophone, bound by an electronic beat, that keeps your head turning with tension. The costumes also flare out the story, with fashion statements from both women in brightly coloured jackets and rouge dresses.
I Care Alot (Amazon Prime)
Even though the cast holds some heavy weighted talent, the story is unbelievably fake, and strangely emphasised, that you can't lose yourself in the thrill. When you're introduced to Peter Dinklage's character, the son of the Russian mafia troops, the story turns crazed. The tale isn't realistic, understanding the amount of patients being kept in this care home against their will, that as a viewer you're not sold. As you're calculating the many plot twists it seems to become stupidly laughable. The two main leads persona's are irritating, instead of tackling situations with normality, their talks and actions are heightened and cheesy that it leaves you bored and dismayed.
I Care Alot (Amazon Prime)
The glove didn't fit the hand within this narrative. The acting was there, but the common stereotypes of Russian mobs and cruel female bosses made it a monotonous film. That's not to say it's not stylish and elegant with the eye catching costumes and CGI edits. But the overdramatised story, pushing viewers to put a middle finger to the system, doesn't seem the most plausible message right now. I'm unsure about the directors view that women need to steal money to achieve their real potential and dreams. I can think of a fair few that managed success without being handcuffed.
Initial release: 12 September 2020 (Canada)
Director: J Blakeson
Distributed by: Netflix
Screenplay: J Blakeson