• Justin Tran

Should You Care a Lot About I Care a Lot?

Caregiving is important for elders who need assistance to ensure their well-being is taken care of. While the focus in the media is typically on the individuals in such systems, what about the guardians involved? And what happens if a caretaker abuses their power to build a lucrative career at others’ expense? Director J Blakeson takes this concept and turns it into a dark comedy.

Recently released on Netflix and Prime Video on February 19, 2021, I Care a Lot follows Marla Grayson, a guardian who swindles the system to make a personal profit. Marla takes morally dubious actions to put rich, elderly people in homes and ultimately become their state-appointed guardian to liquidate all of their assets for her own personal gain. After eyeballing a prospective woman named Jennifer Peterson to exploit, Marla tries to get her into her portfolio of clients as Jennifer is remarkably wealthy. Following this, Marla begins to receive veiled threats and realizes that being Jennifer’s forced guardian may cause unexpected trouble. As these threats become more real, Marla’s life takes a suspenseful, deadly turn.

The dark comedy features Rosamund Pike portraying the lead, Marla. The British actress rightfully won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical at the 2021 awards for her performance in the film. Pike’s performance is truly amazing as she embodies Marla and truly makes the character come to life. Pike’s portrayal of the conniving, exploitative character intrigues audiences and is a standout performance in the film.

The writing of the characters and the flow of the movie keeps audiences enticed and at the edge of their seats. While none of the characters are necessarily relatable or worthy of rooting for (other than maybe Jennifer), the lack of those characters actually complements the dark nature of the film and doesn’t detract from it whatsoever. The film’s ending, without spoiling it, feels like the perfect ending for the characters’ narratives.

I Care a Lot originally premiered at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival last September and wasn’t originally on my radar to watch until it was trending on Netflix. The morally questionable characters originally didn’t resonate with me; however, by the end of the film, the characters were perfect fits. Especially after its Golden Globe win, potential viewers should definitely care a lot about I Care a Lot.

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