Ingrid Goes West DVD Reviewed By Jon E Clist

The Premise
Ingrid Thorburn is an unhinged social media stalker with a history of confusing "likes" for meaningful relationships. Taylor Sloane is an Instagram-famous "influencer" whose perfectly curated, boho-chic lifestyle becomes Ingrid's latest obsession. When Ingrid moves to LA and manages to insinuate herself into the social media star's life, their relationship quickly goes from #BFF to #WTF.

The Review
What a weird and yet wonderful cinematic ride. There are times when you watch a film like you watch a car crash. Not because the film is bad but because you can see from the get go that the central character is a bit of a nut job and is going to make some bad decisions along the way and as uncomfortable as you may feel at times you will be unable to look away.

Aubrey Plaza is absolutely brilliant, and this is a role that fits her perfectly. Her time on Parks and Recreation has cemented her as a seriously weird actress who so easily becomes the central focus of a scene with her dazzling ability to just be completely and utterly mental. Yes, I know that it is not PC to call something mental. One can only imagine how much fun she is to work with. Bill Murray is listed in the Very Special Thanks section of the credits. In the commentary, Aubrey Plaza says that while she and Murray were filming A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III, he gave her his dark blue sweater when she became ill. She wears it in the bank scene and the tropical restaurant scene. Credit for a nice additional bit of wardrobing.

Of course, there is also a rather telling look at the modern world of making a business out of an Instagram profile. While one person is trying to “Make Bank” by building their profile, I am guessing they wouldn’t necessarily have considered that putting that sort of level of exposure out there could attract the attention of the emotionally vulnerable. Yet, isn’t that kind of what the whole social media and advertising world is based on? People feeling vulnerable and wanting connection and validation and happy to garner it from anywhere.

The Verdict
A wonderfully insightful and yet weird and stalkerish look at the world of social media celebrity with an amazing cast and clever storyline.

The Trailer

The Info
DVD Releases: 21st March 2018
Rating: R16 – Contains Violence, offensive language, drug use sex scenes & suicide
Duration: 98 minutes 
Genre:  Comedy, Drama
Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen, O'Shea Jackson Jr.
Director: Matt Spicer (Debut Feature Film)

The Extras
The production was delayed by some setbacks when director Matt Spicer accidentally walked through a sliding glass door after yelling "cut" and gaffers had to remove fragments of glass from his arm with duct tape. At one point the production had to evacuate their location due to the raging Santa Clarita brush fires in L.A. county.

This will be O'Shea Jackson Jr. 's second movie ever; his first was playing his father in Straight Outta Compton (2015).

Elizabeth Olsen, Pom Klementieff, and Aubrey Plaza have all previously been in either a Marvel movie, or TV series. Elizabeth in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and Captain America: Civil War (2016), Pom in Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 (2017), and both in upcoming Avengers: Infinity War (2018). Aubrey appears as the antagonist in Fox's Legion (2017).

The short film "Hi Stranger (2016)" was attached to this film in the United States/Canada by distributor Neon.

Pom Klementieff and Elizabeth Olsen have worked together in Old Boy (2013) and will work together again for Avengers: Infinity War (2018).

Pappy and Harriet's, the bar that the characters visit while staying in Joshua Tree, was a principal location for THE HOWLING: NEW MOON RISING (1995).

Like his character in the film, Wyatt Russell does not participate in social media at all. This is ironic, considering the theme of the film.