I Care a Lot

I Care a Lot ★★½

Anything I say about I Care a Lot should be prefaced with the fact that Rosamund Pike as an unhinged, morally & ethically corrupt woman taking advantage of people makes all of my morals fly out the window.

With that being said, I think this film is a fun time. I could spend a lot of time talking about how excited it makes me to see sapphics be included in, and be the protagonists of, genres that aren’t romance. Don’t get me wrong, I love sapphic romance films, but I think it misrepresents the idea that sapphic people exist only in the context of romance. This is why I Care a Lot excites me so, because it’s a genre outside of romance, lead by a woman in a relationship with another woman. That’s huge to me! This sentiment also applies to other LGBTQ+ identities other than sapphic ones, also. Films that dare to let LGBTQ+ people exist out of the context of their identities, while the identities still play a role, will always have my attention.

At the same time, plot wise, this film feels a bit messy and disconnected. Like a lot of films with action, it loses the key thread that we are introduced with somewhere along the way. The character of Jennifer Peterson feels less like a person and more like a plot device who we forget about at some point, even though she is the reason the film unfolds the way it does. It tries to be a critique of capitalism, I think, but it doesn’t really work. In fact, I’m really not a fan of the ending. It feels a bit rushed and like it was conceived at the last minute. It doesn’t fit. We see these characters somehow make it through all that happens to them over the course of the film, but this is how it ends? It doesn’t fit with the rest of the film for me. Everything that happened felt quite predictable, and not in a good way. 

Like I said, it’s fun. I enjoyed it. I especially appreciated the lesbian protagonist. But ultimately, it is not anything special or memorable. I absolutely understand that Marla is not a likeable character, and her motivations are not good, but I am weak-willed for certain character archetypes, especially when portrayed by Rosamund Pike. This film is not the critique of the desire for money under capitalism it may think it is, but hey, Rosamund Pike is great.

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