I Care A Lot works in daylight and is both beautiful and clever.
It clearly gets dark in I Care A Lot, but part of what makes the film look particularly cold and harsh is how light it is. Marla’s shameful business does not function under the cover of night, but in fluorescent lit courtrooms and nursing homes. J Blakeson’s style brings this fact to the face of the audience with sharp lights, vivid colors and large windows. As the threat from Jennifer Peterson’s coworker escalates, the aesthetic evens out, and there are sequences (again, no spoilers) that make impressive use of the consumption of darkness. However, the color is always so bold and it’s annoying and fantastic.