Ingrid Goes West Review: Spooky and Insightful

Ingrid Goes West Review: Spooky and Insightful

Emmaa Coons, Journalist

Ingrid Goes West is funny, spooky, and dramatic. Advertised as a “dramedy,” Ingrid Goes West takes a dive into the real world of “Instagram culture” and the fake personalities women portray online and, yet, even in real life in society today. Ingrid Thorburn (Aubrey Plaza) is a somewhat mentally disturbed, young millennial crushed by her mother’s death. She seems to struggle with social situations and obsession. She finds an Instagram influencer, Taylor Sloane (Elizabeth Olsen), and immediately becomes obsessed. Moving to LA with her mother’s inheritance, she goes on a mission to befriend, and somewhat become, Taylor Sloane.

This movie promised drama and comedy, and the drama was surely delivered. Ingrid’s mental state seems deeper and, honestly, scarier, than it was portrayed in advertisements. The comedy was mostly conveyed by one single character, Ingrid’s “landlord who’s not really a landlord” Dan Pinto (O’Shea Jackson Jr.), and his love of Batman. This, however, was not necessarily disappointing, as the movie still clearly delivered its message that social media can be destructive, in many ways. It destroys Ingrid with its perfect people and makes her feel inferior, furthering her negative mental state. It destroys Taylor by changing her entire person to commit to her Instagram personality. This movie shed light on how social media really can affect someone, how people only present their best selves on social media, their fake selves. This movie is worth going to see, especially if you’re interested in the effect of social media on today’s society.