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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…
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.
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!
Unos chicos forman una banda en Escocia. Esto es todo lo que "pasa" en "God Help the Girl" (la cual tiene el mismo nombre que la banda alterna del director Stuart Murdoch). Pero el encanto radica en las personalidades de los chicos y, en especial, en la música que crean (la cual es el mejor soundtrack de un musical original desde "Once").
"God Help the Girl" se asemeja mucho a una canción pop. Es ligera y predecible pero agradable y pegajosa. Y es una cinta obligada para fans de Belle & Sebastian (yo me considero uno). Recomendable.
super cheesy but i love belle and sebastian so much and stuart murdoch directed so i really enjoyed it.
"God Help the Girl is an absolute joy from start to finish, bursting with intelligence and poppy warmth."
this movie. oh, man. ISSUES.
This could have been so good.
Charming with nice music if you can stomach the almost unbearable twee-ness of it all. Emily Browning really does show some star quality - if not the deepest acting range.
Won't win Murdoch many new fans, but frankly this is delightful and fuck you if you disagree. The music's great, the clothing's even better.
This was cute.