After Plush, I must admit the idea of Emily Browning playing the role
of a musician wasn't a horrible idea. Especially since Skins alumni
Hannah Murrah and Olly Alexander are in it. Though with God Help the
Girl not having original music, but that of Stuart Murdoch's past work,
it does lead you to question if whether this would become another Jack
and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart or Sunshine on Leith?
Characters & Story
A young girl, a few years out of high school, named Eve (Emily
Browning) we meet as she is recovering from anorexia. She seems
friendless, her parents never visit, and what lead to her having
anorexia isn't explored too much. However, as she recovers she finds
she has a talent for writing music. So, upon one of her escapes from
the hospital, she asks this singer named Anton (Pierre Boulanger) to
give her music to this local DJ.
But while her first demo is surely something interesting, it is the
music she makes with sort of failed musician James (Olly Alexander) and
Cass (Hannah Murray) which is what the film focuses on. For as James
and Eve grow close, and Cass is invited along for the ride, you get a
nice fluffy film in which we listen to songs dealing with everyday life
sometimes spiced with what the members of the cast are going through.
All the while, James falls in love with Eve and she finds him to be the
one who helps establish the foundation she needs to perhaps pursue
music officially. However, when the summer is over, and with Eve
feeling well enough to go to college, will their friendship, band, and
possible romance end, or is what we see only just the beginning?
There is so much worth praising in the film. Whether it is things like
the costume design, the cute choreography during the songs, or even the
songs themselves, there is so much to cover before even talking about
the story. Now, to begin with the attire, most of the clothes seem
straight out of a Skins episode and really help push the idea that God
Help The Girl is a cute little indie band which has a few quirks and a
huge reason to be desirable. For while, officially, they only perform
one show in the movie, throughout the film we get to see them do almost
mini-music videos which show off their quirky style and are
choreographed in such a way which will likely remind you of some indie
pop group you found out about in your teens which you used to, or still
do, obsess over.
Then, when it comes to the songs, I must admit I only liked around 85%
of the soundtrack. And while some songs aren't loved right off the bat,
they do grow on you and the film has a nice progression where most of
the 15% which I didn't think were good were only in the beginning.
Making it feel that as Eve became a better song writer and the band
became a more cohesive unit, you witness the songs becoming better and
Leaving the story for the last bit of praise. Now, despite Eve dealing
with anorexia, there isn't a heavy handed approach to the subject
matter. It is more treated as a private struggle than something all
consuming. Which isn't to say they make light of the matter, nor is it
not a struggle for her featured throughout the film, but what I wish to
say is that it isn't the sole thing noted about her character. If
anything, it is what helps push her out of her hospital bed and into
meeting James and eventually Cass. And with Eve and James'
relationship, there are so many cute moments which truly make you
swoon, giggle and so badly hope they last forever. Also, to my
surprise, while there is quirkiness, and a cute little romance, there
are also multiple moments which will make you laugh. Not as much as if
this movie was a comedy, but enough to keep you smiling between songs.
When it comes to issues with the film, honestly the sole issue I can
find is that it feels like we don't get to know the past of any of the
characters that well. We get little tidbits of information so that we
know they didn't just appear out of thin air, but with Eve having
anorexia, and seemingly having quite a life before we met her, it does
make you curious to learn more of her back story. Then, as for James
and Cass, I wanted to learn more about them since both of their lives,
outside of anything dealing with Eve, isn't explored. To the point
where honestly you end up feeling like you barely got to know them at
Overall: Worth Seeing
It seems less and less that I watch something Worth Seeing. However,
God Help The Girl is definitely a worth seeing film, though admittedly
I thought it would be TV Viewing at first. But with it getting better
over time, honestly I am left hoping there is a sequel as much as I
wish this was a mini-series. Especially since the main negative thing
about the film is that we don't get to know much about the characters'
lives before the band, and hardly get to know James and Cass at all.
Though with good music, an overall cute story, and it leaving you
wanting more, the little bit of negatives certainly don't outweigh the
positives. Leading me to say that you should certainly see God Help The
Girl, perhaps buy the soundtrack, and definitely share it with your