Now complete: The Dissolve's 2014 Movies To See Checklist
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…
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!
A musical dramatization of the album written by its director for his band Belle & Sebastian.
Strangely, all the shaggy, “first movie” problems the film inherently suffers from – which would in most cases grate – add to the film’s charm. Though the whole thing might be too cutesy for some.
Admittedly, this perspective on the film is not exactly singular.
If you're wondering whether or not to watch this, I recommend listening to at least some of the music first. If you can't love the music, you're gonna have trouble enjoying this. But me, I did love the music, so this worked for me. It prob'ly doesn't hurt that I remember being these kids, and miss it, and they make me feel like it's 1990 again.
Brilliant music, plot is barely hanging on by a thread though if there really is one..lol , though I think james and eve characters were well written, cassie seemed like an add on...funny how the movie poster looks like a belle and sebastian cover..i think if you the take the Jacques Demy movie young girls of rochefort throw a Glasgow tweepop spin on things, you have GHTG..overall I liked it...if you hate bands like b&s, camera obscura..you will hate this movie..
Conflicted about this one for all sorts of reasons but in the end I rather love it's barely-held-togetherness and will happily champion it.
One of the film's strengths is that the music (which is always solid) gets better as the band knits and grows and comes together. I found myself liking each song a little more than the last. The choreography also became more complex. This stylistic crescendo being sort of important. This being, ahead of everything else, a musical.
I would argue that the film does not use mental illness or eating disorders as a 'fashion accessory' though I can see why others might think so. I would have bigger issues if the film had ended differently. It's abundantly…
Shikes guys... it's all downhill from here isn't it?
one star each for;
Actresses from the original series of Skins
This really hit home for 20 year old living in Glasgow me.
This is so up my alley. I've seen it labeled "hipster" and "twee," but I like it as it is. None of the songs stand out, but they're all of pretty good quality. Emily Browning and Ollie Alexander are great, and I just like the tone of the film. Reminds me a little of "Once."
God Help the Girl is the screenwriting & directing debut of Stuart Murdoch, who is the main singer/songwriter in Scottish twee folk-pop band Belle & Sebastian. The film tells the story of how three young misfits find each other, and begin making music together. The music they make is indistinguishable from B & S's chamber-folk, and so it is hard not to see the film as the Belle & Sebastian story.
The film has its share of charms, from lead Emily Browning's porcelain beauty to the admittedly goofy choreography of the various "dance" sequences, but the script is nonsensical, the characters thinner than paper, and their problems or issues perfunctory. As a string of pretty, inconsequential music videos, the film is sweet and the…
I had an inkling that someone in Belle and Sebastian has something to do with this film. Imagine my lack of surprise once I looked it up.
Someone said it perfectly on here that this is basically a visual representation of that band, told in the story of a girl in a mental hospital (with easy means of escape?) who starts a band with two other wanderers.
The story is charming, a nice change of pace for my afternoon after I caught up on True Detective. It must be nice to make movies like this, because every bit of scenery and design was so nice and colorful. Made me want to get out in the street and dance, hoping someone would join me.
It's a great, fun film, one that you will enjoy in the company of music lovers. Check it out!
Stories about women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…