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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!
I really like Hannah Murray, but she should NOT sing, period. Why couldn't they do what they did with Zac Efron in High School Music? Find someone for her to dub on to. Geez. Her character's name is Cassie, which is weird since it was also her name in Skins.
God Help The Girl turns out to be a very pleasent twee, if that is possible. The story is new and the making is great. Very smart uses of filters and colors. There are a few cliché moments, but nothing important. I may be getting too sensitive for this film because it's something I'm looking forward too for a long time.
a charming mix of hipster & earnest that is insanely lovable. i can't help it. also, the music is pretty great.
ALSO: the austrian dude seduces the emily browning character by a taking her to a vintage store where she can pick anything out for free. which is, you know, every hipster lady's (read: mine) fantasy.
God Helps the Girl relies on how much the viewer can stand twee. I can withstand quite a lot, as it turns out; despite the miscast Hannah Murray sounding like a castrated cat, the flick offers some great music, heartfelt (though slight) drama, some charming Richard Curtis-esque comedy and a particularly outstanding performance from Emily Browning, who seemingly can do no wrong.
Γλυκόπικρο ταινιάκι με πολύ όμορφα τραγούδια! ♥ ♫
A few years ago I would have considered myself too cool to like this, luckily today I find it delightfully fun.
Passou a impressão que queria ser mais do que foi. Queria ser mais cult, mais profundo, mas só foi adolescente e com músicas ok.
Through some parts of this movie I actually held my hand to my face in embarrassment. And I like Belle & Sebastian! James was the shining star of this mess. Don't get me started on the whole glamouring up of anorexia here...
I actually found this to be really charming and the scenes didn't always flow from song to scene really well, they worked individually. I loved the actors, so I might be a bit biased, but I really enjoyed it.
Stuart Murdoch's freshman feature film effort -- a musical populated with tunes in the vein of his band, Belle and Sebastian -- hits more than a few sharps and flats in its telling of a melancholic, romantic coming-of-age story of a group of oh-so-retro-stylish misfits.
The film is just a bit too disjointed, a bit too disconnected, a bit too sure of its fantastical leaps, making it a bit too difficult for the audience to follow.
That said, some of the musical sequences are just perfect and exuberant, a jolt of warm sunshine and soft breeze.
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