Is this a true story? Director J Blakeson explains
J Blakeson made a strong impression during his directorial debut, The disappearance of Alice Creed, screened at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival. Not only is this an impressive debut feature, but it’s also one of my very first film festivals, so the creators I met there have become those that I absolutely had to continue to follow. In 2016, Blakeson was recruited to direct a highly anticipated adaptation of a young adult book for Sony, The 5th wave featuring Chloë Grace Moretz. While this one didn’t go exactly as hoped, it was an invaluable experience for Blakeson, especially in emphasizing the importance of making a movie and writing the script. And now guess what? This is exactly what it does with its new feature, I care a lot, an absolute must-have for streaming on Netflix.
Rosamund Pike directs the film as Marla Grayson, a woman who appears to be a total saint. She has a thriving business, a way with words, and seems to care a lot about others as she works as a court-appointed guardian for the elderly in need. But the point is, behind the scenes, Marla is actually busy abusing the system by targeting services that don’t really need her, throwing them into care facilities, and then taking control of their own. active.
It’s a shocking scenario that will no doubt leave you wondering if this is something that is really happening, so this is the first question I had to ask Blakeson. Here is what he said:
“In Marla’s approach, a lot of things unfortunately happen. It’s true in life in the fact that there are a lot of these predatory guardians who pray over the vulnerable and the old, and sort of trap them in those guardianship and sort of strip their lives away. Real life stories are really quite heartbreaking and horrifying, so unfortunately, yes, it does.
Blakeson did not intend to I care a lot be an exponent on such a scam. Rather, he wanted the film to serve as an example of what could happen in a world where you have the most trust in people you already know – or think you know. Blakeson identified a real quality of these crooks that weren’t fully incorporated into the movie:
“One thing we talked about while we were making the movie, I told Rosamund about it, you kind of get a feel for it, but it didn’t really make the final movie, that is to say if you met Marla in real life, say a party or something, you’d just think, ‘Well, she’s very attractive, very well organized, well dressed. She seems to have a great, caring relationship with her girlfriend. She has a lot of taste. Her office is beautiful and she is quite intelligent. She looks [like] a really great person. And then you would ask him, “What do you do for a living?” She said, “Well, you know, I take care of the elderly. And you think, ‘This lady is awesome! She is a saint! But, you know, part of that stuff of people looking at the world like they’re good people doing good things, but actually there’s a lot of bad things under the hood, I think it’s something very true of this world and true of a lot of different people in positions of authority who get away with it a lot because people just trust them because “Oh, this is the guy we know!” So there’s that element that wasn’t really part of the movie, but I think it’s very true.
Another real quality of this kind of operation? The legality of that, and it’s something that inspired Blakeson to ask Marla to target the wrong neighborhood, Dianne WiestJennifer Peterson, a woman linked to a law-breaking gangster played by Peter Dinklage.
“The character of Marla and those characters in real life kind of struck me as being a bit like gangsters. They come in and steal something under false pretenses, then they sort of strip it into coins and then get all the money they can out of it. Where they have assets, they use them and overcharge them, overcharge them and overcharge them, and when they run out of those assets and they go back to government money, then they store them in the worst case. nursing home. They spend their money as fast as possible, store it in the worst care home, and simply forget about it. Park them up and move on to the next one, and it almost looked like a gangster operation. And so the idea of taking someone who’s basically a legal gangster – because there’s really nothing she’s doing that’s totally against the law. She overcharges people, but she kind of exposes loopholes in the law – bumping into someone who’s a gangster and who’s on the other side of the law was quite interesting. It has violence, cruelty and criminality on its side where it is on the right side of the law; how different are they? So having the opposite amorality yin and yang kind of and putting them in a deathmatch of who’s going to give up first seemed like a delightful prospect.
If you want to know more about Blakeson I care a lot and his biggest takeaways to jump into the studio realm for The 5th wave, you can check out our full adult chat in the video interview at the top of this article!
- Does this sort of thing really happen?
- What did Blakeson learn about this type of surgery that he didn’t have time to include in the final film?
- Blakeson explains why he chose to have Marla target someone affiliated with something bad rather than making Jennifer Peterson a totally innocent victim.
- How did Blakeson’s experiment make a bigger studio project with The 5th wave influence your goals and priorities as a filmmaker?
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