Ingrid Goes West Reviews
Aubrey Plaza plays a woman with an obsessive behavior and becomes enthralled with being best friends with a semi-famous photographer in Los Angeles. Not only was Plaza born to play these types of Ingenue- esque characters, but I feel like this is a film that too-closely follows our current world as we are currently constructed. Think about it, with social media at its peak and fame at its most desired (and easily accessible), the ability to reach celebrities is scary easy. Ingrid Goes West takes that premise and gives us a creepy but socially important story.
Every character in this film has flaws and each actor plays those in a charismatically tragic way. In that sense, this film is rounded out with impressively deep characters and a poignant script. And a script that manages to balance humor and drama almost as good as a film like Lady Bird did this year.
My only flaw (and it's a rather big one), is that although the characters are round with good and bad traits, I found it difficult to root for any one particular person. In some films that works because it feels real enough to not have to root for someone. I guess I just found it hard to follow all of these people in their decisions because I wasn't on board from the first place.
I can appreciate this film solely for the reason that it's an important story to tell. There are people in the place of Ingrid and there are also people in the same place as Taylor Sloane (Elizabeth Olsen's character). It's one of those movies that needs to be watched by this social media-frenzy age of humans (I myself being one of those folks). This is dark comedy at its near best.
Clever drama 6/10