A young boy whose parents just divorced finds an unlikely friend and mentor in the misanthropic, bawdy, hedonistic, war veteran who lives next door. Written by IMDB
October 24, 2014
How do I love the Great Bill Murray, Let me count the ways: Peter Venkman, Steve Zissou, Bob Harris, Herman Blume, Ernie McCracken, Bunny Breckinridge, Phil Conners, Bob Wiley, Frank Cross, John Winger and Carl Spackler. With St. Vincent we get a new iconic Bill Murray performance.
Bill plays Vincent, a hard drinking, smoking, gambling anti-hero with a heart of gold, forced to play mentor to an outsider kid played by Hollywood Newcomer Jaeden Lieberher. Leiberher has all the young acting chops as Macualay Culkin or Haley Joel Osment.The supporting cast of the hilarious Melissa McCarthy and the very versatile Naomi Watts are great complements to the storyline. Chis O’dowd is a great part of the team as well, playing the quick witted Brother Geraghty.
The story and directing by Theodore Melfi is a very warm hearted touching departure from Bill Murray’s recent projects. Because, lets be honest, the Great Bill Murray (now in the twilight of his career) is looking to package his career with a much deserved Oscar bow. I, like many die hard Bill Murray fans, felt Lost in Translation (2003) was his year. Bill took the “Historical Figures Equals Oscar Gold” route with his portrayal of FDR in Hyde Park on the Hudson (2012).
Nothing, not even a nomination.
In St. Vincent (SPOILER ALERT) Bill plays a stroke victim. In the words of Robert Downey Jr in Tropic Thunder (2008), to win an oscar, “you never go full retard”(Sorry not p.c. I know). So is this it? Is this the role? I think Bill’s FDR and Bob Harris from Hyde Park and Lost in Translation were stronger performances.
But Oscar has awarded people for past prowess. Whoppi Goldberg won and Oscar for Ghost (1991) after losing best actress for the Color Purple (1986). Russell Crowe lost for the Insider (2000), yet won for Gladiator (2001).
If Oscar subs him this year again, I know there is an Untiltled Cameron Crowe role around the corner that could easily make it happen.Although I personally would love to see it happen as part of a Wes Anderson film. Bill never disappoints as a part of a Wes Anderson ensemble cast.
St. Vincent overall is a good movie, it provides the range of emotions, anger, laughter and tears. I wouldn’t dare recast a single member of this cast. A solid pick for your viewing enjoyment.
Precious and unexpected. St. Vincent is a great movie to pick on date night or girls night (even “my parents are visiting” night).
I had average expectations for this movie. Bill Murray is Bill Murray — you know what you are going to get. Melissa McCarthy has dropped a few duds between amazing hits. I was expecting a quick, average movie to allow me the opportunity to indulge in movie popcorn for 90 minutes and win some points with Matt for seeing one of his favorite actors.
I cried in the last few minutes — needless to say the film exceeded my expectations.
It hit a nerve in a similar way as BoyHood … a genuine look into everyday lives of people around us. Everyone has a story. Has pain. Has something they are struggling with and are trying to get through. There is a quote by Will Smith that is traveling through the social-media-sphere where he (supposedly) said “Never underestimate the pain of a person, because in all honesty everyone is struggling. Some people are just better hiding it than others.” St. Vincent is a wonderful example of that statement on the screen.
In 90 minutes director Theodore Melfi gave us an old-school roller coaster film that had you questioning your character loyalty throughout. Leveraging the brilliant comedic timing of Murray, McCarthy and Chris O’dowd gave the movie heart and the perfect amount of laughter that life craves when you are going through tough times. Newcomer Jaeden Lieberher was outstanding as McCarthy’s son — believable in a variety of emotions and situations — the kind of kid I’d hope to have someday. And Naomi Watts was surprising (I think that’s the best word to describe her) as a Russian “lady of the night”. Yep. That’s right. She was awesome.
It’s a great movie with a sweet story and world-class acting.
If you are feeling down in the dumps there is something here for you to enjoy. If you are a bit too into you right now and need a reality check on life there is something here for you to enjoy. If you just want some fun Bill Murray moments there is something here for you to enjoy. No matter your attitude walking in, I believe you’ll walk out pleased you gave St. Vincent a moment of your time.
St. Vincent reminds you of the classic lesson to cut people some slack in life … and your lead instructor is Bill Murray. Enjoy!