Ingrid Goes West
ANDY’S RATING: ★★★★ In cinemas on Friday
AFTER a few failed attempts, the social media generation has finally found it’s own Single White Female.
What sets this pitch-black comedy apart from other recent stalker movies is its spot-on depiction of modern internet celebrity. Elizabeth Olsen is the perfectly named Taylor Sloane, a glamorous young thing who has millions of social media followers but no discernible talent.
As an Instagram “influencer” her life revolves around selfies, banal hashtags, VIP invites to parties and sponsor-funded shots of her own dinner.
When she gets stalked by a crazed loner called Ingrid (Aubrey Plaza), you’re not entirely sure who is the victim or who needs the most therapy.
It turns out to be ridiculously easy for Ingrid to worm her way into Taylor’s life – all she needs is someone to reinforce her deluded belief in her own importance.
Ingrid is more than happy to oblige, but her needs are a little more complicated.
This is Plaza’s best-ever performance, she is unhinged, manipulative, scary and hilarious.
As the film gets darker, the laughs do begin to dry up.
But at least no-one will think of getting their phone out in the cinema during this one.