St. Vincent is a film of surprises. In the right hands and the right actors, it comes alive. It is not one of those films that we have seen over and over. It could have been very easily, but what we have here is top notch acting that rises above the mundane.
Vincent, is played by Bill Murray, in one of his rare starring films. He plays a down and out man on his way to alcoholism. His house is a mess, but in a relatively nice area of New York. He lives alone, gambles, visits the local bar and sleeps with a pregnant 'woman of the night', played by Naomi Watts. He is broke, his reverse mortgage has reversed as much as it can. One of those cantankerous old men we see in most every neighborhood.
One day after Vincent has run over his gate, new neighbors move in. The movers hit his tree and a limb crashes into Vincent's car. Out he comes to meet them, Melissa McCarthy plays Maggie, mother to Oliver, played by Jaeden Lieberher. What a sweet child, wise beyond his years, off with his mom, while the divorce from his dad comes through. It turns out Oliver’s mom has to work long hours, And Oliver signs up as babysitter for $11 an hour. Oliver and Vincent hit it off, and this leads to the horse races, afternoons at the bar, and visiting Vincent's wife at a facility for Alzheimers.
The usual occurs, dad wants custody, Oliver meets the bullies of the school, Vincent teaches him how to fight, they dine on sushi of Vincent's making. All the while Vincent and Oliver have bonded, and Oliver shows Vincent exactly what he means to him. Superb acting, Melissa McCarthy shows she has great acting chops outside of her comedy. Surprise actors show up in small parts that proves good actors can make or break a film.
Recommended. prisrob 02-21-15