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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…
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.
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.
I think my Belle & Sebastian-loving days are over.
While the songs are enjoyable, the film lacks any resemblance of a script, is overlong (2 hours?!), does not feature enough of Josie Long, and is more about pouting girls than anything else. Olly Alexander is endearing, but as he can't pout, he's never given centre stage.
The mental hospital scenes are too much of a mid-2000s, 'Skins'-y, teenaged girl's fantasy - it's no coincidence Hannah Murray stars as a character called 'Cassie' in both. Mental health problems were the biggest fashion accessory during those years at my secondary school, and I feel it's hugely unhelpful to people with problems that this film half-arsedly throws in an eating disorder and glamourises mental health institutions as places you can check out of any time you like. Eurgh.
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....
Desde Lemony Snicket, adoro a Emily Browning y me entristece ver sus malas decisiones de películas. Tal vez fue hecha para los fanáticos de Belle & Sebastian, pero al resto la trama y ritmo no nos deja mucho. Sin embargo, el casting me parece perfecto, especialmente de Olly Alexander como joven compositor neurótico.
I put Some Like It Hot on at first and was terminally bored within half an hour, just like with the last Jack Lemmon film I tried to watch. After ten minutes of God Help the Girl I became distracted from that which distracted me from Jack Lemmon.
Emily 'Gravy' Browning stars in 'The Perks of Being a Narcissist.' A role Melissa McCarthy was born to play.
Scottish viewers might complain (for a change) about the English. None of the three major characters are Scottish despite the Glasgow setting. So? Including the ratty looking one from Game of Thrones. I told the missus she was in it, but this time as a posh bird instead of a 'Northerner.' The missus said, "She still looks gormless, though!"
I didn't understand what the fuck was going on at all. The costumes and songs were fun though. But what the fuck.
I should have loved everything about this but I found it really jarring and not completely convincing. Like a two hour long music video, and not in a good way.
A great musical - and I don't generally like musicals. I do love Belle & Sebastian though, so that may explain my affection for this movie. In fact, it really is just a feature-length Stuart Murdoch song. It has a shaggy plot, so anyone expecting high drama will walk away disappointed, but if you're into twee Scottish pop and breezy, French New Wave-inspired filmmaking this is a winner.
Es una bonita película con canciones chulas en la que no pasa nada. Es decir, empieza con una historia de una adolescente con un problema pero a la segunda mitad se pierde entre los videos musicales y los encuentros idílicos. Olvidable.
Not the best movie in the world, but worth to see because of it's soundtrack.
I used to like Belle & Sebastian.
Lots to like. Twee as hell. A little lacking in catharsis.
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