In ‘I Care A Lot’, Rosamund Pike Channels Jordan Belfort & Hints At Britney Spears

In the new dark-comedy thriller, Rosamund Pike plays a wolf that preys on seniors, and unintentionally adds to the #FreeBritney movement.

Howard Chai

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Marla Grayson’s care-cup is very small. (Photo: Netflix / Amazon Studios)

Ben Affleck may have been the star of David Fincher’s 2014 film Gone Girl, but it was Rosamund Pike that stole the show. Her portrayal of the missing-wife-turned-mastermind-antiheroine instantly made Amy Dunne one of the best villains in film history (notice I didn’t say “female villains”), while also earning praise as being progressively feminist. (Much of that credit also goes to Gillian Flynn, who accomplished the rare feat of not only adapting her own novel into a screenplay, but making it equally as good.)

Pike steps into similar shoes again in the sarcastically-titled new film, I Care A Lot, written and directed by J Blakeson and released on February 19th. Pike plays Marla Grayson, a woman that has crafted and perfected a scheme that exploits the laws of legal guardianship. When seniors with few familial ties end up in deteriorating health, they can placed under the legal guardianship of the state and a professional caretaker. Marla makes herself that caretaker for those seniors, particularly those with a lifetime of savings, and then milks them for money under the guise of care.

Photo: Netflix / Amazon Studios

Marla is good at what she does, and she knows it. She’s seductive to both men and women alike (Eiza Gonzalez plays her partner in crime, and life), and has the courage of her convictions and willpower of somebody who was once naïve and then rudely-awakened. (Her name is likely a homage to Marla Singer, of Fight Club.) Her scheme requires her to pretend to care about the lives of those in her care, but she makes no such attempts to care when it comes to anybody’s opinion of her. Her eyes are on the pot of the gold at the end of the rainbow. Red is her colour of choice, but it’s green that drives her.

In that, Pike’s Marla Grayson mirrors Leonardo DiCaprio’s Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street. Both antiheroes see the world as a set…

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Howard Chai

I strive towards a career that ends up leaving me somewhere between Howard Beck and Howard Beale.