All the 2014 US releases I've seen ranked from best to worst.
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.
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.
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.
Right off the bat let me state that I find it hard to be fair when it comes to musicals because I do not get them; I do not, for the most part, like them; I do not understand why they exist to be quite honest. The only musical I've ever enjoyed would be Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory because those musicals numbers made sense in the scheme of things. I mean Willy Wonka was slightly unbalanced and breaking into song was part of that.
The music in Stuart Murdoch's debut, God Help the Girl, is quite good if you're into the album that came out back in 2009 or find yourself enjoying Belle and Sebastian on a routine basis.…
From Stuart Murdoch (Belle & Sebastian), this musical I found to be just too slight and unengaging.
Plot went on pretty well, although I would enjoy another ending more.
Remarkable songs (only if you enjoy musicals).
The best scenery of the UK.
plus, I loved the fashion.
Emily Browning singing? Not bad.
Un prometedora primera parte que da paso un final no tan convincente.
I like the band Belle & Sebastian. In fact, their album, Write About Love, ranks within my Top 20 favorite albums. When I saw the name Stuart Murdoch attached to this film as both director and screenwriter, I was intrigued. Could I be witnessing the next great cinema and music amalgam? Sadly, after finishing GOD HELP THE GIRL, I did not. Either I was the wrong demographic (a male in his 30s) or, at the core, I am not as big of a Belle & Sebastian fan as originally conceived. Murdoch’s writing coupled with Emily Browning’s sugar-coated voice surrounded me with visuals of being trapped in a candy shop, but the owner had only stocked the candy that I hated. I painfully…
Choked full of music cliches and it even tapped into this years newest music cliche.
GOD HELP THE GIRL - The film's inconsistencies are irrelevant; it was absolutely charming and I have no reservations in recommending it.
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List of feature length films at Melbourne International Film Festival 2014.
Screening 31 July to 17 August.
FYI: Last year…
- Camp X-Ray
- Cold in July
- Dear White People
- Fishing Without Nets
- God's Pocket
U.S Dramatic Competition: 1 to 16
World Cinema Dramatic Competition: 17 to 26
Premieres: 27 to 43
NEXT: 44 to…