I'm going to tell you why anyone who uses social media should watch Ingrid Goes West. If I got to choose a movie that deserves an Oscar nomination, it would be this one. Such fantastic performances by by Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen. Writers David Branson Smith and Matt Spicer definitely were snubbed of a Screenplay nod. Ingrid Goes West is one of those films that’s secretly horrific disguised as a comedy. And here’s why.
Ingrid Goes West is a film inspired by social media, and in particular, Instagram. It also dives into the culture of obsession cultivated by our smartphones and how the active use of social media can consume us on a daily basis. We all can agree that social media is a great way to stay connected with the world but every now and then we hear or read about its ugly side and how it's used as a weapon to harm others. In light of this, the dark comedic satire in Ingrid Goes West becomes a study on what it's like to be a modern-day stalker when our obsessive culture allows someone who is prone to extreme obsession to thrive. So here are all the reasons why anyone who uses social media should watch Ingrid Goes West.
1. Ingrid is the Dark anti-Hero of the Film
Ingrid (Aubrey Plaza) is a loner. She has no one in her life, and her mother is dead. Ingrid's phone is the only source of connection she has with the world. Her relationship with her phone is also the problem. With everything accessible with a click of her fingers, Ingrid feels she can get what she wants, no matter the consequences. It makes her obsessive, making her vulnerable and dangerous at the same time. This is one of the primary reasons why anyone who uses social media should watch Ingrid Goes West.
Being out of touch with society makes her fragile, and seeing all of the positive clichés with people and society makes her crave it. The combination makes her blindly act upon her desire to be liked and to be friends with those people who have a huge social media cachet regardless of whether anyone gets hurts in the process.
One interesting way the film immediate focuses on characterizing Ingrid is in the absence of sound. Rather than soundtrack her deep dives into social media, all we see is her in pensive state as she stares at her phone. When we are watching her alone, it's quiet and unnervingly still. However, when she finds someone to admire on social media, we begin to hear voices and imagined conversation, which ignites Ingrid with a smile as her delusions begin to take root.