I recently saw the indie musical film ‘God Help the Girl‘, which was written and directed by Stuart Murdoch of Belle and Sebastian. I wasn’t initially going to post about it, because I thought it mightn’t be everyone’s cup of tea (I believe it copped some fairly mediocre reviews), but after not being able to get the songs out of my head for a couple of weeks, I thought it deserved some blog-space, even if only for the soundtrack.
As a brief summary, ‘God Help the Girl’ centres on Eve (played by Emily Browning, who is a wonderful singer. Who knew?), who is struggling with anorexia, and begins to write songs as a creative outlet. At a gig she meets James, and eventually Cassie, and the three go on to form a band (and drink wine on a kayak. Excellent).
One of the major criticisms I’ve read of this film is that it doesn’t have much of a plot. I say this as a warning to people that hate loosely plotted movies, but honestly that didn’t bother me. It’s sort of an exploration of three kindred spirits, figuring out how the hell to do the whole ‘life’ thing, which as a twenty-something, I can certainly relate to (quarter-life crisis anyone?). There are amazing retro costumes, day-dreamy romps and quirky pop music. It’s all very hipster-y, but it does have heart and it’s something different from the usual formulaic rom-coms on offer. If you’re a fan of the Beatles musical ‘Across the Universe’, or like the idea of people skipping around in vaguely 60s looking outfits and singing, you might just like ‘God Help the Girl’.
Regardless of any flaws the movie may have, the soundtrack is quite wonderful, and I wanted to share one of the songs from it, as it’s excellent fun.
Have you seen ‘God Help the Girl’? What did you think? Do you have any movie or music recommendations? Would you like to put on a retro dress and come dancing with me? Do let me know in the comments!