Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen, O'Shea Jackson Jr
Director: Matt Spicer
Runtime: 1 hour, 38 minutes
Comedy | Drama | 2017
Having Aubrey Plaza as it’s star, I thought Ingrid Goes West would be a very comical movie with lots of laughs. I don’t know why I always think this, Plaza is a dark comedian I feel like. Not have one liners that induce laughter, but more of awkward situations that induce awkward laughter. This movie has some of that, but it’s much more than a comedy. It actually shines the light on some of the bad reputations that social media can get through the way people use it. Ingrid (Plaza) follows this young woman who has become famous through Instagram, Taylor (Elizabeth Olsen). Basically, Ingrid is a mega stalker and moves to LA so she can become friends with this girl.
This movie reminds me a lot of the episode of Criminal Minds that had the “Selfie Killer,” even though no one is killed in this film. Ingrid just wants a friend, and instead of being like a sane person, she insinuates herself into Taylor’s life and makes her believe that they became friends in the normal fashion. Each thing that Ingrid does just shows how a person can spiral out of control with psychopathic tendencies because they are so focused and obsessed with someone or something.
The one thing I didn’t really understand about the whole film is why Taylor’s brother was out to get her. I guess there had to be a way for the film to end. And I do have to say, I thought the ending was perfect for this particular movie. Aubrey Plaza played this character well, and I thought Elizabeth Olsen played the Instagram/Social media star perfectly. Making it so I wanted to be her friend as well.
I thought this movie was well thought out and really brought to light to what I’m sure there are people like in this world with Instagram and other social medias. Just have to be wary of your followers I guess. I’m going to give this movie a “liked it” which is probably out of character for me. It was not funny like the front of the DVD box said it would be, but the underlying context of the story was just great. (3.5/5)
PS – I do want to say that I fell asleep for second, but that’s because I had been drinking wine during the day… not because of the movie. Don’t worry, I went back and watched the couple scenes that I missed.
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