I Care a Lot

I Care a Lot ★★½

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

Barring any politics, I Care a Lot is a sometimes slick thriller but without any irredeemable characters feels aimless and mean-spirited. Rosamund Pike's consistently steely and dead-eyed character carries this.

Unbarring politics, I Care a Lot has misguided feminism. It confuses heartlessness to women doing fearless choices and decisions. Being a conscious bad person knows no sex. It should be obvious. The film posits that the vileness of the main character can also be done by a woman. I mean the key word there is vileness, not woman or man.

Comparisons to Amy Dunne also cannot be avoided. But the only thing similar to both characters is that they are smart sociopaths. Amy Dunne never cared for equality. Gone Girl never aimed to be a feminist film. They may be strong characters but only in a literal sense. I wanted Amy to succeed, in a sense but I wanted Marla to get her comeuppance by the end.

Even the (Layer Cake-like) ending felt like it screams if morally-corrupt male anti-heroes can die unexpectedly, so can morally-corrupt female anti-heroes.

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