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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 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.
Bill Forsyth + Bande à Part + a posh Scottish girl with Adèle Exarchopoulos lips = my kinda party.
I love Belle and Sebastian. I love romantic comedies / dramas. I love movies that are twee and earnest, and I'm not opposed to musicals. So why didn't I love this? Well, it's a little stiff. It's clearly a first feature, and Stuart Murdoch, writer / director / frontman of Belle and Sebastian has some trouble integrating the music. The dialogue scenes are a little stilted and he doesn't quite have a handle on the tone of the film, rendering it quite clunky in places. But I still liked it. It's charming and fun, and how often do modern day musical coming of age romances come along? If it's reach exceeds its grasp, the reach is still admirable, and the grasp is enough.
I want all of the outfits Emily Browning wore in this film
Very light film, wiyh a lo of songs. A light musical
This is my kind of musical! I felt like I was watching a B&S album cover for 112 minutes.
my pretentious little lovelies
God Help the Girl overstays its welcome by 30 or so minutes which is really a problem when you're talking about the saccharine, falsetto kind of emotion that's on display here. I suppose that's to be expected because of the director, Belle and Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch, but I would have been receptive to dialing down the twee stuff in favor of some more substance. I also have an aversion to people talking about "pop music". It makes me cringe. I was cringing quite a bit in this movie.
The music is good in places and I kind of liked the guy, Olly Alexander. I never really got bored but it just didn't have anywhere to go after a certain point but kept going anyway.
Oh, and Hannah Murray...
電影由Belle And Sebastian的作詞人Stuart Murdoch執導，雖然以電影角度來說劇情有些破碎，畢竟以歌舞劇融入電影需要一定的剪輯功力，但我依舊度過了愉悅的一個半小時，畫面漂亮歌又好聽整個就， #啊 #擊中我
“I don’t mind people, I just hate collective idiocy”
— James (God Help the Girl)
The music is very good and I appreciate the anachronistic look and feel, but I was pretty numb to the simplistic story and bland characters. I also found the humor to be far too cutesy for my taste. In all, a fairly tone-deaf, tactless John Carney clone, though not without its charms.
Good performance by Olly Alexander for pretending to be so straight
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