Review in Brief: Ingrid Goes West (2017)

Is anyone in denial about what a versatile actor Aubrey Plaza is? Well you shouldn’t be. From deadpan brilliance in SCOTT PILGRIM and PARKS AND RECREATION to charismatic psychopathy in LEGION and now her most pained, nuanced and challenging role in INGRID GOES WEST. It’s a dark drama for the age we live in, charting the destructive path of obsession channeled through all-consuming social media. Young people not having any lives without their phones, devices being their portals to everything, is no longer a tabloid scaremongering story. You can absolutely buy that someone like Ingrid (Plaza), with her psychological volatility and need to escape from her pain-filled unfulfilling life would latch onto a charismatic personality that she could emulate. It’s disturbing, tragic stuff and no character is easy to like (especially Elizabeth Olsen’s Insta-celeb), though the cast give them depth and pathos in abundance. SSP

About Sam Sewell-Peterson

I'm not paid to write about film - I do it because I love it. Favourites include Sam Mendes, Guillermo del Toro, Bong Joon-ho, Steven Spielberg, Danny Boyle, Edgar Wright, Taika Waititi and the Coen Brothers. All reviews and articles are original works owned by me. They represent one man's opinion, and I'm more than happy to engage in civilised debate if you disagree.
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