We're All Going To the World's Fair is another entry into what must surely be a genre unto itself now: the Movie Shot During the Pandemic Using a Lot of Web Cam Footage To Tell Its Story genre. In this case, it's also a horror movie, centered on Casey, a teenage girl who decides to partake in a viral game/challenge called We're All Going To the World's Fair.
Participating involves saying the name of the game three times in a row, drawing some of your own blood, and then smearing it on your computer screen. Participants then start to film themselves and the "changes" their bodies begin to undergo.
Casey is a lonely teen who lives with her father (who is heard and never seen), and it's obvious she uses the internet and this "challenge" to connect with people. And while the movie has its weird and creepy moments, it's ultimately about self acceptance and trust, inspired in large part by the experiences of its non-binary director, Jane Schoenbrun.
At times, it's a pretty challenging watch, but by the end, I was moved by its story. And its star, Anna Cobb, who is excellent despite it being her first movie role, is already set to star with Timothée Chalamet in an upcoming drama.
I watched We're All Going To the World's Fair on HBO Max.