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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.
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.
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 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!
Oh I love Stuart Murdoch
On this episode of Movie Jeopardy:
Helium, Ammonia, Methane, Neon, Water Vapor, God Help the Girl.
What are things that are lighter than air?
I'm not a fan of the Belle & Sebastian kind of pop music. I find it shallow and void of emotion. So it's not very surprising that I feel the exact same way about this musical built on that music. It's really just a really long music video. Really really long.
It seems as though there is an idea of the characters and where they end up, but the way there is full of fluff. If you connect with the characters it may be enjoyable to watch them run around singing. If you don't, it's pretty unbearable as it just never ends. It's a little interesting how the storytelling follows a music video template with single shots of Emily Browning sitting…
Unlike many people, I've never found Stuart Murdoch's music too twee to deal with. His films, apparently, are a different matter for me. There are charming moments and charming performances, but the whole is a disappointment.
Too cute, too hip, but yeah. Like Begin Again but not horrible.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This was... Very indie. Very hipster. That isn't necessarily a bad thing. There are some pretty real moments in this, considering the dealings with anorexia. I was bored through a good fourth of the film until the end. It was doing so well with the pretty realistic and then James had to go for the hipster lines praising summer and saying they were all "in the right place" - such a let down! It's a decent film with some fantastic shots and techniques you don't see too often. The musical numbers are solid if a little repetitive.
"I mean, if you listen to the songs..."
I was utterly beguiled by this film.
With a few beautiful moments, the film works in fits and starts, though it ends largely as a twee failure, an ego-stroking project that doesn't really work as well as we might want.
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