Rosamund Pike is mesmerising as the evil court appointed lawyer Marla
Grayson in British writer – director J Blakeson’s darkly witty black comedy
I Care A Lot. The story about court appointed carers deliberately setting
out to fleece their elderly wards at first glance might not be something
that would seem to be in good taste but the story, if taken in the tongue
in cheek way that it’s portrayed, is a lot of fun.
The plot is pretty simple, Maria Grayson (Pike) and her lover Fran (Eliza
Gonzalez) have set up a lucrative business where, with the help of a local
doctor, they convince a court that an elderly person is incapable of
looking after themselves and, after they are appointed as their legal
guardians, rob the poor old folk of everything they’ve worked their whole
After one of their wards die the pair, with a spare room in a care home to
fill, come across a well-to-do elderly woman called Jennifer Peterson
(Dianne West). Peterson appears right for the picking, a cherry as they
delightfully call her. With no family or relatives and before you can say
“how are you Miss Peterson” the evil pair have her whisked off to a care
home where she’s locked down 24/7 and every aspect of her life, including
her food and drugs, is overseen by Grayson.
However poor elderly Miss Peterson isn’t quite as naive as she seems, to
tell anymore would probably spoil a lot of the enjoyment so just let me say
that the story involves Peter Dinklage as a Russian mafia boss and you
might guess where it goes.
Wonderful performances, Pike, West and Dinklage are all excellent, make I
Care A Lot highly watchable. The story moves along at a cracking pace with
more twists a turns than a switchback road. Just when you think you know
what’s about to happen Blakeson turns the story on its head. The plot does
tend to get a bit silly and lose its way in the final third but it’s still
a lot of fun and well worth a watch.