One of the better movies of 2017, Ingrid Goes WestReel is a dark incisive commentary on the millennial obsession with social media.
Ingrid Thorburn (Aubrey Plaza) is an unhinged social media stalker, who moves to LA and insinuates herself into the life of Taylor Sloane (Elizabeth Olsen), an Instagram star.
Plaza is superb as the psychotic Ingrid – whose loneliness and need for acceptance turns her into a dangerous manipulative obsessive.
While presenting itself as a black satire-comedy, Ingrid Goes West is more an insightful analysis of what social media addiction has inflicted on young adults in our day and age.
Thus, we are able to laugh knowingly at the antics that both Ingrid and Taylor get up to, in order to be ‘liked’ online and simultaneously disturbed by the lengths to which Ingrid would go in order to be accepted by Taylor.
In the end, after the inevitable exposure and the dire consequences, Ingrid seems to come out on the other side in a better place but there’s a nagging feeling that nothing really has changed. This is ultimately the power of Ingrid Goes West.
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