Ingrid Goes West Reviews
I enjoyed Ingrid Goes West. The acting was great and the storyline was very interesting. The ending was kind of disappointing. There was so much more I wanted to know and they didn't really talk about the fact that what happened between Taylor and Ingrid is actually not okay (in my oppinion)
It's an okay movie, you won't miss out if you don't watch it, but it is an interesting storyline/topic.
Ingrid Thorburn (Aubrey Plaza) is an unhinged social media stalker with a history of confusing "likes" for meaningful relationships. Taylor Sloane (Elizabeth Olsen) is an Instagram-famous "influencer" whose perfectly curated, boho-chic lifestyle becomes Ingrid's latest obsession. When Ingrid moves to LA and manages to insinuate herself into the social media star's life, their relationship quickly goes from #BFF to #WTF. Built around a brilliantly disarming performance from Aubrey Plaza, Ingrid Goes West (winner of the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at Sundance) is a savagely hilarious dark comedy that satirizes the modern world of social media and proves that being #perfect isn't all it's cracked up to be.
Honestly when I saw the trailers for this film. I was not interested at all. I honestly thought this film looked kind of ridiculous. But this is one of those pleasant surprises that surely surpassed my expectations in a multitude of ways.
To start off, this film is hilarious but in a very real way. It manages to deliver this really interesting, cohesive story. The story is so simple yet so well well written that it has this wit and relatable humor to it. I found the story to be exciting and ultimately fun.
I also thought Aubrey Plaza absolutely killed it as the lead. Her relationship with Elizabeth Olsen was great. I thought Plaza stole the show and really carried it as the lead. But her chemistry with Olsen made the film seem very natural and very real. She was good, along with O'Shea and others, and the cast really gave some solid performances here.
What's best about this film is how real it seems. Like I said earlier, the story is really cohesive and really interesting with how deep it actually is. The scary thing is, I feel like things like this aren't too far out of reach. The film shows that in a day and age of social media, people really can learn so much about our lives. It's scarier when you look at that for celebrities and the potential psychological impact it can have on those around them. Ingrid is certainly not the best person, but a strangely relatable character for some.
In the end, "Ingrid Goes West" was a real pleasant surprise and one I'd really enjoy watching again.
Aubrey Plaza, a master of underplayed snark, is the deeply disturbed Ingrid. She has no "real" life of note, and lives vicariously through people she "meets" or "follows" on social media, primarily instagram. When we meet her, she is seemingly tipped over the edge following the death of her mother, and attacks a "friend" who didn't invite her to her wedding. She spends some time in an asylum, but once released, she stumbles across Elizabeth Olsen's character, a kind of blogger of clothing and decor, who lives what seems to be a perfect life in Southern California. Having come into some money, Ingrid cashes out and makes the move to Venice Beach, with a plan to stalk her target until she can ingratiate herself and insert herself into Olsen's life.
Much of this is pretty cringe-worthy...but what makes it watchable and what even makes us root for Ingrid is the fact that the other characters are not entirely admirable either. Olsen seems like a delightful young lady, but under her sunny veneer is a deep layer of insincerity. Her marriage is clearly troubled. And when Olsen's insufferable brother arrives on the scene, everything starts to unravel.
The movie is a pretty direct dig at our social media obsessions. One could argue that it also exploits mental illness for entertainment value...but I don't entirely buy that. She is a character doing the best she can to strive for happiness. She's aware of her "issues" but also unaware of how to handle them. So she has our sympathy and sometimes even affection. We can laugh at her antics, and get frustrated at her actions...but we're never asked to mock or deride her. Aubrey Plaza really does a nice job, as does pretty much everyone in this small cast.
I haven't covered too many plot specifics, because that's part of the fun of the film...watching to see where things will go. The film doesn't chart a totally predictable course, nor is it filled with cookie cutter characters (they may be extreme characters, but they aren't stereotypes). Unpredictable, funny, mean spirited but sympathetic...INGRID GOES WEST is little treat for admirers of black comedy.