I never go for prison dramas since they always tend to be the same but this one is unique thanks to strong performances from all around and the fearlessness they bring to the screen. It's a pretty basic plot but director David Mackenzie managed to turn it into something special, more than just another character study in the world of films. That being said, the accent is heavy which makes me appreciate all their performances even more - allowing the film to carry on even if I had trouble understanding some parts. F-ing amazing mate.
A charming little british musical backed by hypnotic tracks and gorgeous cinematography. God Help The Girl feels like a classic movie, the upbeat energy contrasting the characters' struggles in the film carried it gracefully. The movie has it's faults but none is too distracting to overshadow the story.
Stuart Murdoch's directorial debut is not that bad, I'm excited for what the future holds for him as a director.
I always like to support YouTubers when they get a shot at doing something they love. Unfortunately this was a big opportunity wasted with cheap jokes and an unnecessary story. The hour and a half that it lasts never seemed to end.
One of the biggest problems I had with the film is Shane Dawson himself starring in it. The direction was decent but his cartoony overacting made me forget that I was actually watching a full production backed by hundreds of people. Actually, one of the very few funny bits for me was when he actually referenced one of the characters from his YouTube videos. He cant' seem to fully grow up and detach that "online persona" from this production that has nothing to with his YouTube career. The stupid jokes have to stop.
The other big problem that I have with this movie is the generational problem. I doesn't seem to know who its target is. While this clearly would be rated R, the problems and whining presented in the film seemed a little too teeny for me. Kids these days wouldn't even get the Degrassi reference, even if you tell them - and you did. Prom king? Name calling? This is like a Disney Channel movie with the wrong director. Maybe not going the over the top funny would've considerably helped more.
I also don't appreciate the blatant product placement halfway through the movie, that for a moment seemed like a complete 2 minute commercial for the Dance Central game.
On a final note, I don't know how much control Dawson had over the story, so on that, part it's not his fault - I'll just have to see how Hollidaysburg turns out.