Director: Stuart Murdoch
Writer: Stuart Murdoch
Cast: Emily Browning, Olly Alexander, Hannah Murray
Studio: Amplify

“God Help The Girl” focuses on Eve and her efforts to join a band in Scotland. Eve has an eating disorder, but that doesn’t stop her from writing music and doing what the kids do in this modern era. If the material seems hinged on brief moments, it’s because the film is an attempt to turn a Belle & Sebastian side project into a sustained narrative. The use of color is rich and it helps the aesthetic distract from the narrative shortcomings. But, such is the life of this film.

Modern musical movies want you to embrace the feeling of a time or the artist in question. But, this film is so distinctly removed from the original artist that it might as well be a “Quadrophenia” for a new age. It’s a paper thin story about kids meeting up and starting that long road into adulthood. However, the pleasure of music and embracing youth culture takes precedent. The girls are pretty and the guys are approachable, so there’s something there for everybody. What it lacks is a story.

While I don’t want to call this a hipster movie, I can’t help but see that identity worn on the film’s sleeve. There’s such a push to have a film where everything has personal importance, but there’s no effort to connect to a blind audience. The film wants you to stumble through the narrative and try to find out what makes everyone tic. Honestly, I don’t watch movies to do all of the work. I’m here to observe a carefully crafted story that shows true artistic temperament. “God Help The Girl” is the equivalent of a Pitchfork music review being regurgitated back to you by a teenager who believes that all music began with Muse.



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