Fall is one of my favorite times of year. The cool temperatures, the various fun fall-themed activities, but most importantly… THE MOVIES. This is the time of year when some of the best indies from festival season start hitting major theater chains and I get so PUMPED.
So, what was the first title on my list that I’ve been anxious to see for weeks now?
INGRID GOES WEST.
This movie premiered at Sundance Film Festival this year and won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award along with being nominated for the Grand Jury Prize. It stars Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen and O’Shea Jackson Jr. It’s the story of a young woman named Ingrid with an unhinged personality and an obsession with stalking people she finds on social media. The people she becomes obsessed with portray these fantastic lives that she wishes she could be a part of. One of these people is Taylor, played by Elizabeth Olsen. Upon finding Taylor on Instagram, Ingrid sets out west to find her, and it gets crazier from there.
Aubrey Plaza is the best part of this movie. Her character is very individualistic, but also relatable to the audience. I sincerely hope Plaza gets recognition for her role in this because she let loose and became completely enthralled with playing Ingrid. You could tell she loved it. I think this movie had an amazing message as well. It’s difficult to find authenticity in people just through their various forms of social media. Everyone puts forth their highlight reel in life, and this movie explored that. It also showed the dangers of social media and how people can get psychologically sucked into it fairly easily. I know I’m guilty of it, I’m not ashamed to say that, I think everyone’s reached that point in life. Social media is used for everything now; we all get a little warped into it.
Now, do we all get Ingrid obsessed? Probably not. But this movie definitely shows how much it affects us on a daily basis. From our interests to our favorite activities to the people we surround ourselves with. This movie had far more to offer then I expected it to and I absolutely LOVED it.
Somebody, anybody, please push Aubrey for award season. Do it.