Just what I expected
Highly Overrated But Still Good
It is a whirlwind of delight --- attractive actors, stunning couture, spectacular sets and outrageous parties.
It's funny, it's tense, it features two great performances from two actors and the director expertly creates a web of odd tension where you actually don't know what is happening for the majority of the run time.
Quite enjoyed this film but corona has more screen time than any of the actors
Ingrid Goes West is another comedy/drama lead by Aubrey Plaza. It's unfortuanate that many of her leading roles are flopping at the box office despite her strong performances and her being praised by critics. This film, she plays her trypical character and it works as usual.This film feels as if it should have been bigger, as it would appeal to many young people and their love and interest for coming of age films around social media.Ingrid Goes West is constantly moving and interesting at each point, due to the performance and strong directing. It shows how social media can be a disease and that there really are people like the character Aubrey Plaza played in the film in today's day. The film makes sure to not go over board and as expected a dark turn within the final act occurs, as it should keeping the film intriguing.The ending is quite real and shows how much of an impact social media can have upon people in general. Highly recommend this film
After Ingrid Thorburn crashes a wedding and creates an ugly scene, she spends some time in a facility on medication. On her release she uses her inheritance from her recently deceased mother to relocate to California where she cyberstalks minor Instagram celebrity Taylor Sloane. She steals Taylor's dog in order to gain an introduction by having "found it" - she has modelled herself by reference to Taylor's postings by now. Her obsession grows up to the point where Taylor's brother may have found her out.The trailer gives the impression that this is a comedy. There are some amusing moments, but this is more disturbing than funny.On one level, this is a salutary comment on the inadvisability of living your life via social media, the artificiality of online personae, and the shallowness and glibness of online status updates. The fashion for posting photographs of your meals, "profound" epigrams, social climbing via status - all are targeted in passing.On another level, though, this is a portrait of a very disturbed, and disturbing young woman. She is someone who is unable to live her life other than by reference to someone else, is in denial about that fact, and doesn't understand why she is doing it anyway.I like Aubrey Plaza who plays Ingrid, and produced this film. Her previous comedic work gives little indication of her ability to play a character like Ingrid: repellent, attractive, just a little bit off in her interactions with the world, and terribly, terribly sad. She is terrific in this. Elizabeth Olsen plays the rather thankless part of Taylor, superficially nice and attractive, but actually shallow, selfish and insensitive and, ultimately, a good deal less likeable than Ingrid.The only character who comes out really sympathetically is Ingrid's landlord Dan (O'Shea Jackson Jr) who, apart from an unusual (but, in my view, wholly understandable) preoccupation with Batman, is a genuinely nice person.Based on the trailer, I expected to like this as it was going along rather more than I did. However, it left a far greater impression on me than I expected.
While this movie might end up looking obsolete in a few years depending on where technology goes, sociologically, it's damn on point and prescient. Not so much funny as dark and disturbing, it did a good job of showing how empty everyone was, even the so-called "heroes." The ending was a nice touch as well.