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God Help The Girl
Director: Stuart Murdoch
Starring: Emily Browning; Olly Alexander; Hannah Murray.
Plot: As Eve begins writing songs as a way to sort through some emotional problems, she meets James and Cassie, two musicians each at crossroads of their own.
God Help the Girl (2014) is the highly anticipated independent British musical from Stuart Murdoch of Belle & Sebastian fame. Starring A Series of Unfortunate Events and Sucker Punch star Emily Browning, who performs admirably, the story follows her character Eve as she battles with anorexia using the creative output of music.
Technically, the film feels very low budget with a series of errors regarding the quality of picture; “gain” and “white balance” being the most obvious issues. Furthermore, the singing in the picture is clearly recorded and often not quite as exceptional as you’d expect from a cast that’s been put together from such a talented musician. However, these issues are mere distractions from what is an incredibly lovely story that is acted really well, with some damn good songs thrown in.
God Helps the Girl really succeeds in exploring the personality and heart of the artistic youth in the UK, and it is for this reason that I found it so profoundly entertaining. If you don’t count yourself as this audience, or don’t remember ever being such a person, then you probably won’t connect in quite the same way. But, for me, this was a very good movie that developed characters and relationships as well as most other independents do, but with a more accurate representation of the likes of people I surround myself with, doing the sort of things I find myself doing. In short, God Help the Girl has such a huge heart that the technical faults can be overlooked and this picture considered as thoroughly enjoyable, and a must have for any music lover’s DVD collection.
If you like Belle & Sebastian, watch it. If you consider yourself a fan of the arts, watch it. If you want an enjoyable 90 minutes of lovely musical fun, then watch it. Just watch it, share it, and share your knowledge of it. This is an independent that really deserves to make its money back so we can ensure more of the movies of this type are made in the future.