It didn’t seem much advertisement went into the film St. Vincent. In fact, I personally had no clue what the movie was until my wife asked me if I wanted to see it. Took 10 seconds into the trailer to realize Bill Murray was the star and I had made up my mind to go see it in theaters. Another great selection by my wife, which is followed up by this positive review.
I’ve always been a fan of Bill Murray’s work and St. Vincent was another plus in his long career. The film follows Vincent (Bill Murray), a drunken, gambling war veteran retiree, struggling to make ends meet, who stumbles into a baby sitter role after being recruited by his new single-mom neighbor Maggie (Melissa McCarthy) to watch over her 12-year-old son Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher). Vincent’s ideas of after-school activities involve visits to racetracks, bars and strip clubs, but eventually the mismatched pair begin to help each other mature. At a late age in life, Vincent is rude, distant and wants nothing to do with anyone. However, Vincent sees something in this boy Oliver, which might be similar to the way he grew up as a boy. At first, the film seemed to be headed in a religious direction, but Director Theodore Melfi shows a different look as to what makes people a “good” person. This boy Oliver never judged Vincent. In fact, Oliver was drawn to him as an involved father figure seemingly missing from his life. A series of events leads Oliver into a deeper look at who Vincent really is, later demonstrated in a school project.
The relationship between Bill Murray and Jaeden Lieberher is perfection. The two pair well with one another and steal the spotlight in St. Vincent. Expect big things to come from Murray’s performance and possibly a few awards. Surprisingly, Melissa McCarthy stepped out of her norm and wasn’t spitting out her usual comedy, which isn’t a bad thing either. McCarthy still had a strong performance and took nothing away from to Murray and Lieberher. Emotionally, St. Vincent is filled with highs and lows with great comedic relief. I highly recommend seeing this film if you get a chance.
Emotionally, St. Vincent is filled with highs and lows with great comedic relief. I highly recommend seeing this film if you get a chance.