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God Help the Girl
Eve is a catastrophe—low on self-esteem but high on fantasy, especially when it comes to music. Over the course of one Glasgow summer, she meets two similarly rootless souls: posh Cass and fastidious James, and together they form a group.
like THE YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT remade as a twee Glaswegian John Hughes movie. it'll be *too* twee for some people, but thank god i'm not one of them. i loved every shaggy second of this plotless, ramshackle pop musical (it helps that i'm rather fond of the actual music).
and Emily Browning... dream waif. somewhat uncomfortable that this unexpected but admirably blunt anorexia story features so many incredible costumes that just *beg* viewers to slim into them.
At some point about halfway through the film I found myself asking the screen in front of me, “What is this film even about?” There are two different films playing. One is a story (though a very incoherent one) of a young women suffering from anorexia finding her way back into the world through music. And then there is a collection of music videos about charming young people doing charming things. The only relation between the two is that the same characters are in them, but thematically and narratively they have nothing to do with each other. This is a film that you could fall asleep for a good portion of, and not miss anything of importance.
The plot follows…
I doubt StuMo has another of these in him, as, well, I doubt he could ever make a movie about anything else, but hey, there are worse things than the occasional free-form indie musical, and what a relief it is to have a movie comfortable in its tweeness and unpretentious about it. Emily Browning was born for this role.
God fucking help me more like. I had reservations about this because I'm pretty anti-twee cunts but I thought I'd give it a shot anyway because its something different and I don't really mind B&S.
At least the songs are good? I mean Emily Browning is good, but she always is, but I got better things to give a shit about than twee posh wettys pissing around, you know? There's no depth here, there's an attempt to shoehorn some ~serious issues~ in but for real, this film would be better if it was just unabashed, shallow indie pop cuntery and was done with it.
Also why is this nearly TWO HOURS long, get a grip.
I think I'll stick with Coppola's for my pretty dresses and cute faces and no depth and a COMPLETE LACK OF DIVERSITY t h a n k s.
God help me, sorry, the songs were cute at first but...WHAT WAS THE POINT????????????? Couldn't even finish watching this, what a pain in the....
While I enjoyed the music, I failed to see any point to this story and hoped to see more of the Glasgow I know on screen.
Still if you want to see Emily Browning in 500 different stylised indie outfits acting like a Glasgow uni student living in the west end, then this is your film!
'God Help the Girl', huh? More like please God help me because I've taken a surprisingly huge liking to this film.
There were a lot of things I just couldn't help but love such as the style and the way every song hand-crafted for this film left such a lovely sugary taste in my mouth and wanting just that little more. When Emily Browning starts singing one of the first songs of this story "The Psychiatrist Is In", playing the shrink to Olly Alexander's mildly misanthropic James, the pair kick into a kind of goofily specified tango. This scene may have seemed like such a simplistic creation but there's definitely something positive going on which I just can't quite put…
Really nice songs! And a cute movie :)
With Gilly from 'Game of Thrones' ;)
They say (well, I don't know, but let's say they say) that a musical lives or dies by its songs. It's never been more true than of God Help The Girl.
The songs are phenomenal. I've been a Belle & Sebastian fan since before Tigermilk was released, and I faithfully recorded it when my local student radio broadcast it in its entirety one night. Some of their stuff I love, most of it is great, almost all of it I like. God Help The Girl is in a league of its own.
A huge amount is certainly the songwriting, melody, and deft deployment of intervals which practically scream (in a gentle way of course) Stuart Murdoch. But I grew an immensely…
God Help The Girl is written and directed by Stuart Murdoch from Belle & Sebastian and comes across feeling a little forced, but I found myself enjoying it.
I didn't think I was going to get fully on board with the musical numbers but I really enjoyed the majority of the songs here and actually kept looking forward to the next one to begin.
This is not a great film by any means but it managed to keep me entertained throughout and could have been really ridiculous, but ultimately, I think it worked.
"I like your knees."
How long has it been? Gosh… it’s been too long ago. I was that kid who put up Belle and Sebastian posters on the wall. I was that kid who wanted to have Stuart Murdock’s hair cut! So… I really wanted to love this film, but… it was just okay. As a director Mr. Murdock managed it rather well, but all in all, there weren’t much to mull over. I really wanted this to become Once (2006)… <sigh>...
ABSOLUTELY HATED IT
Emily Browning is nice to watch, but the songs sound all the same and boring and the lead actor is somehow one of the most unlikeable characters.
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