'God Help The Girl'
(Emily Browning, Hannah Murray, Olly Alexander, et al / DVD / NR / 2015 / Anchor Bay Entertainment)
Overview: Eve (Emily Browning, 'Sucker Punch') starts writing songs during a stay in a mental health clinic, then runs away to Glasgow, where she meets singer-guitarist James (Olly Alexander, from the band Years and Years) and his music student Cassie (Hannah Murray, 'Game Of Thrones'). The three decide to form a band and spend a summer living the songs they're writing.
DVD Verdict: In truth, and perhaps only to me, '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! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
'God Help The Girl' Music Video