God Help the Girl ★★★★½

Before there was the film God Help The Girl, there were the albums that Stuart Murdoch created as a side project from Belle & Sebastian. With songs that had a lot of detail and names in them, I didn't think much about it until I saw the film and they fit into a coherent and deeper story that I was expecting. With a young cast replacing the vocalists on the album, but doing a great job, it's a gorgeously-shot little love letter to Glasgow. Olly Alexander steals the show as the nerdy guitarist who wants to form a band. The relationship between Alexander and Emily Browning and Hanna Murray seems familiar, but like the rest of the film, it's different enough to keep it interesting. Overall it's quite sweet and gentle with a bit of an edge to make it more than just a musical.