'I Care A Lot' Is A Deliciously Twisted Thriller

'I Care A Lot' Is A Deliciously Twisted Thriller

'I Care A Lot' Is A Deliciously Twisted Thriller

With scheming that rivals the likes of her storied Amy of Gone Girl, Rosamund Pike's latest role is elevated by her dexterous acting.

With scheming that rivals the likes of her storied Amy of Gone Girl, Rosamund Pike's latest role is elevated by her dexterous acting.

Text: Lauren Gruber

In a parallel universe reprisal of the Machiavellian, mesmerizing Amy from Gone Girl, Rosamund Pike brings her superlative acting talents to Marla Grayson, a sharp-minded court guardian with an even sharper bob. Netflix's latest chart-topping film I Care A Lot is an ink-black satirical thriller with a con artist anti-heroine that puts Elizabeth Holmes and Anna Delvey to shame.

An apparent nod to #GirlBoss culture, Grayson's scam of choice is using her husky, honeyed voice to sweet talk guileless judges into appointing her legal guardianship of the defenseless elderly. Then, she drains them of their assets. Like any self-respecting millennial, Grayson's entourage of grifters is total #SquadGoals — she's aided by her partner in crime and love Fran (Eiza González) and dodgy Dr. Karen Amos (Alicia Witt). Their ruse goes smoothly until they pick on the wrong victim, Jennifer Peterson (Diane West), a tenacious old woman with ties to the Russian mafia. This leaves Grayson going head to head with the equally brazen mobster Roman Lunyov (Peter Dinklage).

Between razor-edged dialogue and swiftly shot action scenes, the film's director (J Blakeson) attempts to make social commentary about the ruthlessness of late-stage capitalism. Grayson spins the-grind-never-stops culture on its head with her soulless ambition. The film makes it clear how Grayson's flagrant desire to succeed works against her, but the analogy feels a little on the nose at times — the protagonist is quite literally stealing from the elderly. Viewers are bereft of a character to root for, but it's not clear the film needs one.

Like a plume of smoke from her beloved vape pen, the magic of Grayson's seductive, freezing cold persona starts to evaporate after the film's first act — while amusing, the Russian mafia plotline feels done to death. Cutthroat thriller and seamless social critique it is not, but if you're in it for an escapist dark comedy with Pike's enigmatic aura, I Care A Lot is a delightfully sinister watch.

Credits: Images courtesy of Netflix

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