I Care a Lot ★★★

Definitely the most conflicted I've been about a movie in a good long while, which isn't the worst feeling to be left with. So let's try to unpack that.

On the one hand, you're absolutely screwed if you go into this with your empathy switched on, which, according to the film, is the state you want to aim for if you want to be a good capitalist in a culture and legal system that facilitate, reward, and celebrate sociopathic behaviour. Couple that potent subtext with the fantastic one-two punch the final five minutes deliver and you've got a devilishly biting anti-capitalist satire on your hands, on paper at least.

On the other hand, this movie is two hours long. Not counting that final scene, it spends maybe ten more minutes exploring that angle, while the rest is dedicated to Rosamund Pike being a deliberately unlikeable girlboss and facing sexist sleazebags and/or violent criminals. Nothing wrong with that per se, but the narrative framing (and the shallow script) didn't exactly inspire the most passionate of investments in the progression of the story in me.

Going to have to mull this one over for a bit (generally a good sign), but I think there's an unresolvable tension somewhere near the heart of this construct.