Way back in 2009, Steve Murdoch of Belle & Sebastian released an album that he planned to utilize in a musical film. For five years, it sat in its album form, waiting for a chance to come together as a complete visual package. As of this September 2014, thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, the film - which is completely written and directed by Murdoch - has become a reality.
From the very second he wrote the song, Murdock knew that this was not going to be a regular Belle & Sebastian album. As he told Pitchfork in 2009, "I thought, 'Nah, this isn't for the group, this is something else.' It's almost like I've been given this little present and I thought, 'OK, I'm going to get this, I'm going to go after this. This is going to be something new and fun.'"
Everything seemed to fall together at the perfect time, with the perfect set and the perfect cast. Emily Browning and Olly Alexander have great chemistry and stage presence - though their characters are a little 2-dimensional. The plot isn't ground breaking and the focus seems to be more on creating a quirky vibe than really telling a story, but maybe that was Murdoch's intension.
Think of God Help the Girl as an extended music video rather than a film that is trying to make any huge waves in the industry - though I would love a new era of musicals - and you'll enjoy it much more. The soundtrack is predictably fun (with most of the tracks coming from B&S's album, and 3 new tunes from the group!)
Check out @pipeline's review of the film (http://www.vingle.net/posts/690354) as well for a better understanding of the plot. For me, I enjoyed it as a music piece rather than a film and I encourage you all to see it!