Ingrid Goes West

It’s certainly possible to get the point of a movie, but not enjoy the movie itself.  Or maybe I didn’t enjoy the movie because I got the point too early?  I’m getting ahead of myself.  Let’s back up.

In Ingrid Goes West, Aubrey Plaza’s Ingrid moves to SoCal to follow her Instagram obsession Elizabeth Olsen’s Taylor.  He manipulates her way into Taylor’s life and creates a total fabrication of her own in order be accepted.  It’s supposedly a dark comedy, but I didn’t find it particularly funny.  Maybe I’m just over Plaza?

The main reason I didn’t like it was that I didn’t like either main character.  Nothing against the actresses, who gave solid performances, the characters were just too unlikeable for me.  Ingrid made some rather despicable plays and selfishly hurt people in her wake.  And she was supposta carry the movie.  Kinda hard to get in her corner when you see her harm herself and others, with nary a redeeming quality in sight.

But I didn’t like Taylor either.  And here’s where I think I got it too early.  I didn’t like Taylor because she felt so fake and vapid to me.  I didn’t care about her interests, and she too seemed rather self absorbed.  The point ended up being that yes she was faking everything, so was Ingrid really any worse?  Since as how I saw thru her from the beginning, do I win a prize?  No, I just had to sit thru what ended up being an exhausting movie for me.

Ingrid Goes West – \m/ \n