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God Help The Girl (2014/Anchor Bay DVD)

Picture: B- Sound: B- Extras: C Film: B

Written and Directed by Stuart Murdoch of the popular band Bell and Sebastian, God Help The Girl (2014) is a feel good journey into the mind of an aspiring musician and her oddball musician friends who are always up to something wacky. The film is nicely shot and produced and creates an interesting world for these characters that reminds me a lot of last years Begin Again with Keira Knightley. All in all, the film is a charming easy watch and definitely worth checking out if you are into the music scene.

The film stars the gorgeous Emily Browning (of Sucker Punch) who holds the lead role swimmingly here with the perfect amount of charm and determination. The film also stars Hannah Murray (of Game of Thrones) and Olly Alexander (real life musician of the band Years and Years.)

Writer/director Murdoch creates a poignant coming-of-age story that doubles as a sublime indie-pop musical from one of indie pop's biggest songwriters. The project began as a suite of songs, written while Murdoch was between records and tours as lead singer of Belle & Sebastian. He nurtured it for nearly a decade into a fully formed film, set in the bohemian fantasia of Glasgow's West End, which is populated by mods, rockers, and emo kids who have no qualms about breaking into song and dance.

Presentation on the disc is of a high quality for DVD but would benefit from a Blu-ray version, here in a standard definition transfer in a 1.85:1 widescreen anamorphic aspect ratio and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track.

Extras include Deleted Scenes, Origins, and God Help The Girl Music Video.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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