I Care a Lot

I Care a Lot ★½

I get the idea of a movie with no one who you "root for", but when you actively root for all the characters to lose, or for the movie to just end, I don't think you can consider it successful. To it's credit, there are some fine performances here, and competent filmmaking, but this movie seems to think its competency gives it more slack than it does. A thoroughly unpleasant experience that seems to squander all of its opportunities, and the goodwill brought by its quality cast.

I was reminded of Velvet Buzzsaw, which I enjoyed much more because even if that movie didn't give you a reason to root for any single character, it gave you the fleeting satisfaction of seeing them pay for their moral depravity or indifference. The horrifying elder abuse at the heart of this movie seems exploitative when treated with such frivolity. One frequently wonders if the filmmaker is asking us to root for the twisted feminism of the (almost universally queer coded?) women who casually facilitate the abuse of vulnerable elderly people for profit.

In the end, all of this unpleasantness could have been easier to swallow with more some big, daring choices. Maybe the banality is the point, but it's certainly not my cup of tea. A nasty, competent disappointment.