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I CARE A LOT (2020): The Things I Liked…

I Care a Lot (2020), Rosamund Pike, Amazon Prime Video
I Care a Lot (2020), Rosamund Pike, Amazon Prime Video

I knew that crime/thriller I Care a Lot was about Marla Grayson (Rosamund Pike), a despicable woman who takes pleasure in draining the savings of her vulnerable elderly clients. What I didn’t know is I’d end up detesting Marla quite as much as I did.

To say I was extra impatient to see her get her comeuppance feels like an understatement. Furthermore, I’m not sure if I’ve ever been more incensed by a character the way I was with Marla. OK, maybe Guy Pierce’s Charley Rakes in Lawless (2012) is even more despicable. I mean, I truly, deeply hated him. I digress. 

Written/directed by J. Blakeson, I Care a Lot is generally well-acted. However, there are parts of the story I didn’t fully buy. Specifically, occurrences that seemed to happen the way they did, simply to serve the story. Only, ironically, they ended up doing the movie a disservice because I didn’t believe them. Much of this takes place once Marla became more involved with Peter Dinklage’s character.

There are very few if any clear cut ‘good people’ in this movie. This is a truth that made watching I Care a Lot more uncomfortable than anticipated. Maybe I wouldn’t have felt so slightly shortchanged had I been able to connect more with any characters’ story, and in a way that made me identify with them on a less than surface level.

As for my favourite things about Blakeson’s film, Chris Messina is great as the Lawyer and I found Marla’s style delightfully noteworthy; as is her general badassery. There’s no doubt that her place in the list of tough female movie characters sporting blunt bobs has a corner in my mind. I only wish it had one in my heart too.

Watch I Care a Lot if you’re curious.

Happy Film Loving


PETE’S DRAGON (2016): New Trailer Starring Bryce Dallas Howard & Robert Redford & Oakes Fegley

Pete's Dragon (2016), Oakes Fegley
Pete’s Dragon (2016), Oakes Fegley

You wish for a movie about a kid that grows up in a jungle or forrest; a boy who manages to survive against the odds – thanks to his animal friends, and you get three in one year. First the Jungle Book (2016), then The Legend Of Tarzan (2016) and now Pete’s Dragon (2016)…

Starring Oakes Fegley (who I have to say kind of reminds me of a young Cara Delevigne), Robert Redford and Bryce Dallas Howard, it will be interesting to see just how different all three films are, considering the similarities they share.

Something tells me that at least once, all of them will have a moment where the young protagonist from each movie jumps off a cliff as per 1:11 in the above trailer. The ‘something’ is hardcore evidence.

Oona Laurence, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban, Isiah Whitlock Jr. and Marcus Henderson also star.

Pete’s Dragon Release Dates: August 12th, 2016 (UK & US); August 25th, 2016 (GER)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂