Ingrid Goes West (2017)

Matt Spicer directs Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen and O’Shea Jackson Jr. in this cyber stalking satire where a sociopath ingratiates herself with an Instagram influencer.

My accidental Aubrey Plaza season comes to an end. I reckon this is the entry of hers that could stand the test of time. Gorgeous, accessible, on the nose. It feels like a message in a bottle from this generation to future ones. Wanna see the Fifties then watch Rebel Without a Cause! Explore the looks and concerns of the Eighties then Ferris Bueller is your man! This decade… Ingrid Goes West has it covered. That’s not to say just because it gets the subject matter bang to rights and the hazy / lens flare filters looking on point, it all entirely works. There is no urgency, the conflict is promised but avoided or subdued. The comedy never boils over, and despite being a psycho, Plaza’s Ingrid is far more likeable than the vapid financially vampiric set she idolises and wants to join. It is a film of solid acting and slight moments. The darkness of the leads and the warped mindset of the others is always present but you do yearn for it to intrude a bit more violently into the strangely gentle, predictable plot a little more aggressively at times. That’s how you make us laugh, that’s how you make us revulse at the value system being lambasted.

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