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.
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.
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…
Bill Forsyth + Bande à Part + a posh Scottish girl with Adèle Exarchopoulos lips = my kinda party.
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.…
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 understood some of Stuart Murdoch fetiches.
I really liked B&S when I was 16 (especially storytelling, ironically) and Skins, so if I saw this film at that age it would be absolutely adorable
Dont make much more sense to me nowadays, still, some songs are kinda stuckable (pretty eve and the one with cassie and the kangaroos) I also like the idea of creating songs based on things that happened on your day (though here this is most exploited)
But the fun fact, or the best fact is that i liked their outfits SO MUCH that i reserved a filecase on my computer for all the stills I took from emily browning and hannah murray clothes.
I have to hand it to Stuart Murdoch. That wasn't the cutesy boy-meets-girl-type story that I was expecting to see. There was some real depth to it, and some truthful and heartbreaking insight into the mind of someone struggling with mental illness. And goodness knows the songs were fantastic. He has a long way to go as a director, but for a first film, he did a nice, tidy job at the helm.
God Help The Girl works best in its musical numbers, which are just as delightful and adorable as I'd expected. Unfortunately, pretty much everything else is derivative of much better coming-of-age/music-is-life movies, which really shows how light and fluffy the film is. In fact, it's the much-maligned twee nature of the movie that keeps it from becoming completely devoid of any identity whatsoever.
A preposterous film, but quite a good one.
This film is more of an embarrassment to Scotland than the No vote.
This might be a facetious complaint, but these Glaswegians sounded English. So what was the point of an Glasgow setting, might as well set it in Bristol. Emily Browning was putting an accent anyway, so she might as well put a Scottish accent on. This annoyed me, to such an extent I could not get beyond it. I, more or less, hated this film.
God Help the Girl has some intriguing qualities about it but it falls a little flat for me personally. If this would of been a Drama style film I feel like it would of been a better film. As always Emily Browning delivers a solid performance as Eve. Now since this is a musical obviously there will be singing and dancing, when it comes to this film some of the musical numbers feel out of place like they don't belong while others seamed fitting to there scene. Other then Emily Browning no one really stands out as there character there just kinda there to keep the movie going. Overall if you can get past the numerous singing/dancing scenes you might find yourself enjoying "God Help The Girl".
I have been a fan of Stuart Murdoch and his band Belle & Sebastian for years, but I'm not quite sure what it is that I just watched. I'm so confused. So terribly confused. By the end I was honestly paying more attention to the characters' delightful wardrobes than the haphazard story Murdoch was trying to tell.
Emily Browning, Olly Alexander and Hannah Murray were good (just good) in their respective roles as a band of musically-inclined young people but, sadly, their talents were all laid to waste in this confusing mess of a movie.
Sorry Stuart! Maybe just stick to your songs.
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