Director: Matt Spicer
Writer: David Branson Smith, Matt Spicer (Screenplay)
Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen, O’Shea Jackson Jr, Wyatt Russell, Bill Magnussen, Pom Klementieff
Plot: An unhinged social media stalker moves to LA and insinuates herself into the life of an Instagram star.
Tagline – She’ll Follow You
Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Wonderfully Disturbing
Story: Ingrid Goes West starts as we meet Ingrid (Plaza) a social media fanatic who shows the extremes she goes to become part of the celebrity’s life, but freshly out of the mental home, she now targets her newest celebrity obsession Taylor Sloane (Olsen).
Ingrid moves west to LA to be closer to Taylor after getting a reply from Taylor on social media, renting a place of Dan Pinto (Jackson Jr) she gets to grips with the LA life style. We see how Ingrid learns where Taylor lives and decides to dognap her dog, so she can become the hero in Taylor’s eyes. The two become friends where the two share secrets and now Ingrid has everything she wanted in her social media obsession, but when things go in the direction against Ingrid’s wishes, we see the unstable side of things.
Thoughts on Ingrid Goes West
Characters – Ingrid is an unstable young woman that is obsessed with celebrities on social media, her latest one left her in a mental home but fresh out she dives right back into social media locating her new obsession. Using the money she received from her mother’s death she heads to LA to get close to her latest obsession, when she soon becomes friends with her but are we prepared to see how far she will go. Taylor is the social media icon, she shots every moment of her life for her followers who feed her desire to be popular giving her the attention she requires, we learn that not everything she speaks is the truth making her just as fake as the followers that she has. Dan is the local screenwriter that gives Ingrid a room to rent, his is obsessed with Batman becoming one of the only natural friends Ingrid meets.
Performances – Aubrey Plaza is fantastic in this leading role, she plays the fine line between normal and unstable while being the social awkward stalker she needs to show us. Elizabeth Olsen is great as the social media diva that craves the attention. She gives us a truly believable performance as a woman that relies on social media for her attention. O’Shea Jackson Jr is good in the supporting role playing a down to Earth character throughout the film. Wyatt Russell and Billy Magnussen are both great in the supporting roles too.
Story – This is the story of the darker side of social media, it shows both how the people on it can be fake, but it can also create the stalker mentality behind the people who follow people on social media. We get to see how this has become a new problem in the world and how the mental unstable will struggle to cope with the rejection with the popularity they crave. This story is a great watch, it is powerful throughout the film, it tells a powerful message about the dangers of social media both for the people sharing and following.
Comedy – The comedy in this movie fits what the movie drama tone without making is completely dark, we do have dark moments of comedy and not full-blown laugh out loud moments.
Settings – The LA setting works for the film because it shows how people in the area can be drawn into obsession.
Final Thoughts – This is easily one of the films of the year, it tackles a serious matter and entertains throughout with powerhouse performances.
Overall: Contender for the film of the year.