In the throes of a quarter-life crisis, Megan panics when her boyfriend proposes, then, taking an opportunity to escape for a week, hides out in the home of her new friend, 16-year-old Annika, who lives with her world-weary single dad.
Chloë Grace Moretz,
Set in Glasgow, Scotland, the film is about a girl called Eve who is in the hospital dealing with some emotional problems and starts writing songs as a way of getting better. Songwriting becomes her way forward, leading her to the City where she meets James and Cassie, two musicians each at crossroads of their own. What follows is a story of renaissance over the course of a long, dream-like Summer. Written by
God Help the Girl is a very unusual film because it is like combining an old fashioned musical with a modern angst-ridden coming of age movie. The overall results are extremely enjoyable and I was surprised that this hip film still appealed to a tragically un-hip old fogy like me!
Emily Browning plays Eve, an exceptionally depressed anorexic young woman who has been getting in-patient treatment for her illness. However, she disappears one day and soon meets a very nerdy looking guy, James. They are later joined by James' friend, Cassie, and the trio decide to form a band. Now this isn't the normal sort of indie/hipster band and the trio find that they actually have a really great sound (I was very impressed by the singing). What's next? See the film.
Throughout the movie, Eve breaks into song and the film has little surreal breaks during which the lyrics tell about her life and inner struggles. While Gene Kelly or Dick Powell might have done this during the golden days of Hollywood back of yesteryear, this is not something you'll see in films today. This gives the movie uniqueness. This, combined with the real likability of the quirky characters, gives the movie a charm that make it impossible to dislike. Try it yourself...I think you'll probably feel the same. And, you might just find yourself singing along with Eve or breaking into song yourself after the movie has ended.
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