Ingrid Goes West (2017)
Critic Consensus: Led by strong performances from Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen, Ingrid Goes West delivers smart, topical humor underlined by timely social observations.
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The experience is akin to being kneaded by a cat - now soft paws, now sharp claws, alternatingly sweet and deeply uncomfortable.
"Ingrid Goes West" is a sharp, insightful modern day stalker fantasy, "Single White Female" through a Valencia Instagram filter.
Plaza, of course, is marvelous in the title role, embracing Ingrid's unflattering neediness with a commitment that's scary.
Aubrey Plaza is brilliant in "Ingrid goes West," Matt Spicer's smart, satirical and sometimes scathing takedown of the vapidity social media sometimes injects into life.
Now 33, Plaza can still get away with playing an ingenue (that's what Ingrid is, a toxic ingenue). She can do comedy. She can do drama. She's best of all, as here, at combining both.
Audience Reviews for Ingrid Goes West
On the surface 'Ingrid Goes West' looks and sounds like an entertaining romp of the fancies of living happily whilst being a huge social media promoter. However, given it's light hearted tone and smartly written script with the most unique Indie American humour, it is in reality a cautionary tale about one's relationship with social media and their followers and friends. This is a uniquely stylized and hilarious film has all the goods put into it's plotting and characters within their respective performers, especially with Aubrey Plaza at the center of it all. From the outset it's scenario can be somewhat formulaic and that's not particularly a flaw, especially when it comes to turning tropes on their heads and making them fresh again. Overall, whilst it's a small film from this year that's easy to ignore, it's only when you actually see something from it, does it appear to have the great qualities that not even mainstream cinema can reach up to. Definitely check this one out while you can, or else rent it or stream it when it comes on DVD or VOD. I can't recommend this film enough to show how much of an entertaining time I really had with it.
I'm super uncomfortable in a really good way.
While technology surrounds us each and every day, we really don't look to the negativities of it all that much. Sure, there are trends that people follow throughout social media and certain apps that become popular, but you never really hear about stories like the one told in Ingrid Goes West. While this isn't a true story, the elements feel very realistic and this can be a very hard film to watch at times, in terms of its daring subject matter. When you step back and look at how much popularity can consume someone, it becomes a very scary thought, which is exactly what makes this movie so great. Here is why believe Ingrid Goes West is a very relevant movie and one that's worth your time. Being a loner and having nothing to do with her life after the passing of her mother, Ingrid uses those funds to Tavel to Los Angeles in order to stalk and befriend a famous Instagram persona in Taylor Sloane. Very quickly becoming friends after setting everything up perfectly, this movie comes off as more of a quirky comedy throughout the first act, but that aspect very quickly devolves into a gut-wrenching story of lies and deceit. This is a harmless premise that seems like it could almost be too annoying to watch at first, but the material present as this film comes to a close, is worth the price of admission alone. Aubrey Plaza is great in her own way at almost everything she does. I've come to like her in pretty much everything I've ever seen her in, but I believe the show-stealer is Elizabeth Olsen here. She hasn't really been given many meaty roles to dive into, and while I wouldn't exactly call this a meaty role, she definitely brings her all here and makes you believe in this "perfect" character. The bond that Plaza and Olsen share leapt off the screen, almost to the point where I found myself upset that this wasn't;t a true friendship that was going to last throughout the entire duration of the film. This was to be expected though, due to the fact that this film needed a few emotionally challenging moments in order to earn its welcome. This is simultaneously a very difficult, yet easy film to watch. Through the quirky and loveable performance that Plaza delivers here, her dark and depressing side also needs to be present in order for the film to feel like it had a payoff. Without spoiling anything, the third act spirals out of control (in a good way), providing some very deeply emotional moments, making you truly feel for certain people out there in the world and how fame can really get to someone's head. While the thoughts and actions that Ingrid goes through are definitely not something all celebrities go through, this is a story that happens far too often in the real world. Using popular terms like hashtag and countless other abbreviations throughout the film, I can easily see many viewers being turned off, especially if they're not familiar with today's lingo. Ingrid Goes West is a film for those from the ages of 14 and up. Yes, some of the material is a little harsh for younger viewers, but kids in high school are just as likely to end up like Ingrid does as anyone else is. With a very good and well planned screenplay, accompanied by solid direction and wonderfully realistic performances, I found this movie to be near perfect for what it set out to accomplish. Sure, it does have a few annoying lines of dialogue throughout and you will most certainly hate a lot of the characters, but that's also the point. In the end, this is a very relevant film for todays day in age, so it comes highly recommended in my book.
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