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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Matt Cares A Lot about I Care A Lot (review)

I Care A Lot (15)

Dir. J Blakeson 

Reviewed by Matt Adcock (@cleric20)

“Caring, sir, is my job, my profession. All I do every day is care…” 

Marla Grayson (the always excellent  Rosamund ‘Gone Girl’ Pike) cares. She cares a LOT but not about the old people she is made the legal guardian of – no what she cares about is money, as she makes clear she want the cash to finance a lifestyle of the super-rich.

How her scam works is that her dubious doctor friend will recommend certain older people can no longer look after themselves and do paperwork to that affect. Marla sweeps into court and is granted licence to ‘look after their interests’ which in her case means selling off their assets while they are detained in a care home – potentially against their wishes.

A “cherry” is an oldie with significant assets but no family but Marla picks the wrong one who turns out to be the mother of the very nasty and scary mafia-type Roman (Peter Dinklage). Cue carnage as the two evils smash head on in a contest of wills, threats, violence and all manner of dastardly deeds…

'she's not kidding'

When Marla realised that the life of her partner and lover, Fran (Eiza González) is at risk the stakes escalate because she hates to lose – no matter the cost. Roman’s mother Jennifer (Dianne Wiest) tells her she is “the worst mistake you’ll ever make” and so the scene is set of the kind of crime craziness that is somewhat reminiscent of the Wachowskis’ Bound.

Brit Director Blakeson delivers a slick and cinematically indulgent ride, keeping the action crisp and the tension frosty. I Care A Lot is a film that you just can’t look away from and as such – a rare treat which would have been great to witness on the big screen!? 

Dinklage is superb channelling more than a little Tyrion - chewing scenery and sucking smoothies – which he is liable to throw at his lackeys when upset. What follows is an extremely fun rollercoaster of thrills, spills and plot twists that is liable to leave you shaken at just how awful people can be…

Highly recommended viewing!

Out of a potential 5 - you have to go with a Darkmatters:


(5 - Delicious. dark and masses of fun)

Awesomeness öööö – Really excellent scripting and plot elevates this romp

Laughs ööö – Darkly funny throughout

Horror ööö – Violent and menace aplenty

Spiritual Enlightenment öö - Can you say 'reprehensible?'

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