God Help the Girl ★★

I suspect this film is hurt somewhat in my estimation because I saw it after John Carney's far superior Sing Street. The musical numbers and songs here are good but rarely great (and never transcendent), and the story leaves a lot to be desired. Everyone is charming, but the whole thing feels fairly weightless, especially given its sometimes heavy subject matter. Murdoch is an unimaginative director, and has not quite nailed the rhythms of a great musical. The numbers often feel like underwhelming music videos dropped into the sequence in which they occur, rather than fully-formed songs that communicate something about the characters and their journeys. A missed opportunity.