Ghost Light (ghost_light) wrote,
Ghost Light

Review 6!

Little behind but here we goooooo!

I Care A Lot (2021)

Official synopsis:A crooked legal guardian who drains the savings of her elderly wards meets her match when a woman she tries to swindle turns out to be more than she first appears.

Okay. There is a lot to unpack with this one

This is a movie that, while good, suffers from a fundamental identity crisis: it wants to be a black comedy but presents as a slick heist film and so, when it sinks into being a trope-y action movie, it thinks it is too good for its own genre.

That identity crisis means we, as viewers, spent a lot of time asking each other questions like "Why did they just...?" and "How did...?" and "What?!?" because the establishing framework of black comedy/searing satire lead us to believe there was an internal logic to this world. We should have suspected from the early introductions of such tropes as Villains in Tracksuits and Evil Lesbians it would be Just Another Action Flick, but the premise was so promising and the screenwriters so clearly had their fingers in their ears chanting "not an action movie! not an action movie!" even as cars crash and women walk away from explosions that we followed them as long as we could. But eventually it could not escape its own category

All that said - it's still a fun, violent ride and a film that lead me to blurt out "That guy brought a fork to a gunfight!"

Available on Netflix

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