I CARE A LOT (2020) Early last February


 As part of its investigative documentary series entitled The New York Times Presents , The New York Times released Framing Britney Spears (Samantha Stark, 2021). The 74-minute documentary not only talks about how the popularity of Britney Spears has had a huge impact on the culture of life in the entertainment and media industry in the United States (read: the world) but also explores the issue of guardianship that has been applied to Spears' life since 2008 which is alleged to have been abused by his father, Jamie Spears, and the people around Spears who then sparked the #FreeBritney movement from his fans. Framing Britney SpearsThe success generated reactions from many quarters who again questioned society's general treatment of a woman and, in particular, the guardianship law which was originally created to protect adults who were deemed "incapable" to look after themselves but was later turned into a business to generate profits for themselves. number of people involved in the application of the guardianship system.

The latest film directed by J Blakeson ( The 5 th Wave , 2016), I Care a Lot , does not have a story connection with Framing Britney Spears or the figure of Spears directly. However, through a story script written by Blakeson himself, I Care a Lot can actually provide a direct view of how the trusteeship “industry” works and exploits the weak who should receive protection. The main character in the film's storytelling timeline, Marla Grayson ( Rosamund Pike), is a trustee firm leader who is appointed by a judge to be the guardian for elderly people who live alone and are judged to no longer have the ability to manage their personal lives or financial assets. A noble task but, in practice, later abused by Marla Grayson for personal gain. With legal access granted to her, Marla Grayson often sells her patient's property with the excuse of covering all the costs she needs to treat the patient.

Of course, Marla Grayson doesn't work alone. Together with his girlfriend, Fran ( Eiza González ), the business run by Marla Grayson gets support from Dr. Karen Amos ( Alicia Witt ) who often makes false diagnoses of a patient's physical and mental health condition and Sam Rice ( Damian Young ) who benefits from each patient Marla Grayson admits to the nursing home she manages. The trust business managed by Marla Grayson went smoothly until she finally met Jennifer Peterson ( Dianne Wiest). Like most of the patients she treats, Jennifer Peterson is an old woman who lives alone with a fortune who gets a false diagnosis from Dr. Karen Amos so that Marla Grayson can manage the treasure. Unexpectedly, Jennifer Peterson has a background in life that is not as "smooth" as the other patients that Marla Grayson usually treats. A dark background that slowly begins to give nightmares to Marla Grayson's life.

I Care a Lotspeak effectively in opening up legal ulcers on guardianship as well as on the healthcare industry running in the United States. Although it was never made the main focus and got a really deep dig, Blakeson's script at least managed to present an interesting scope of knowledge about the nature of capitalism which will try to take advantage of the weak people who should be given assistance and protection. Blakeson never even feels like trying to make the storytelling elements appear with allusions. The character of Marla Grayson is presented coldly for all her obsession to take advantage of the weak points embedded in the legal system.I Care a Lot.

At the same time, the strong character of Marla Grayson often overshadows the plot of the film, which is actually composed of a fairly simple line of conflicts. The polemic formed between Marla Grayson's character and Jennifer Peterson's character – which will later involve the presence of the character played by Peter Dinklage– presented without strong deepening and more coherent development. The characters who are around Marla Grayson's character also don't get a really binding portion of the story. Of course, it's quite interesting to see these characters engage in strategy battles to try to bring each other down. However, in the absence of stronger characterization pieces, the plot feels monotonous and leaves a not so deep impression. Even so, it must be admitted, the packaging of Blakeson's story gets a slick support from the slick appearance of the filler in the acting department. A strong point that became the main impetus for I Care a Lot to be able to appear fun.

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The cold, tough, and (quite) scary appearance that Pike gives to Marla Grayson's character will clearly result in comparisons with Amy Elliott Dunne's character who she appeared in the film Gone Girl (David Fincher, 2014). Honestly, I Care a Lot might come in a more challenging presentation level if Blakeson chooses another actress with a balanced capability to bring Marla Grayson's character to life. Pike is indeed able to animate his character almost flawlessly. However, the shadow of the iconic character Amy Elliott Dunne on the character of Marla Grayson will more or less comment that Pike is repeating the same character in the appearance he gives. Apart from that, I Care a Lotmanaged to be a pretty slick presentation in the narrative of each conflict. Nothing special but definitely not a bad presentation to follow.

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