Rosamund Pike (Marla Grayson) and Peter Dinklage (Roman Lunyov) do excellent work in I Care A Lot, but they’re acting in a dark and ugly story that doesn’t give the audience anyone to root for.
Don’t get me wrong, I was excited to watch Pike in a leading role, and I must admit she did well trying to keep her character all together, but it was so disappointing.
To my surprise, the first half of I Care A Lot is great, near perfect. It is a damning indictment of the corruption that pollutes the American courts, healthcare, for-profit elderly care and, most of all, state-sanctioned guardianship. For those who don’t know, state-sanctioned guardianship is often used to strips the elderly and disabled folks of their agency for the sake of financial gains.
However, the second half of the movie is a disaster (to say the least). Reaching the middle of the film, I’m like “wow this is well writ…” oh s**t. the last 45 minutes of film feels like someone made a conscious decision to change writers and hire amateurs. They blew out everything!
I Care A Lot tries way too much to empower a strong female character, but I couldn’t get invested in the plot (especially in the second half), feel for Marla (Rosamund Pike) or care about Peter Dinklage’s character in this movie.
Should you watch it?
That’s a tough question to answer. The first half of I Care A Lot is great. Everyone should at least have an idea about state-sanctioned guardianships. However, the second half of the movie need to be edited out and rethought. It’s doing a huge disservice to the movie, its characters, and its actors.