This was one painful watch. I’m really getting sick of all these quirky indie films, where the most interesting and exciting things on screen are the clothes/cute vintage looks of the protagonists. God Help the Girl is no exception. Stuart Murdoch (a lead singer and songwritter of the Scottish indie pop band Belle & Sebastian) should get back to writing music and leave screenwriting and directing alone. This film is one long (too long!) overly-stylized music video, with some completely unnecessary dialogues in-between. It would probably worked better if the whole film was sung, like Demy’s Les parapluies de Cherbourg. Or maybe not, since none of the characters except Emily Browning could really sing (and even she is no Catherine Deneuve).
Every character is also unbelievably plain, which makes it really hard to connect or care about any of them. I’m saying this as someone who otherwise likes to listen to Belle & Sabastian – this is a film that should be avoided. If you’re looking for some light film entertainment with good music, John Carney’s Begin Again is a much better choice.
Directed by: Stuart Murdoch
Written by: Stuart Murdoch
Starring: Emily Browning, Olly Alexander, Hannah Murray
Running Time: 111 minutes