Monday, November 10, 2014

MINI-REVIEW: St. Vincent

St. Vincent

Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy


October 17, 2014

Theodore Melfi

The Weinstein Company

1 hour 43 minutes



It's hard not to love and respect the talented comedic genius of Bill Murray.  Even if the film he's in isn't necessarily great, Murray still manages to shine through it all and deliver a performance that's memorable and just great all-around.  In the movie "St. Vincent," Murray plays a drunken old man, and for the first 20 minutes that's where it seems the limit is for the film's jokes.  Once the son of Melissa McCarthy's character, played by newcomer Jaeden Leberher, starts forming a bond with Vincent, the film itself becomes more intriguing and significantly more entertaining than it was.  In fact, the movie itself gets to be a lot more dramatic and realistic than the trailer and the poster would suggest, which elevates the quality of it as a whole.

Instead of being entirely schmaltzy and formulaic, writer/director Theodore Melfi manages to strive away from the usual and turn in a product that, frankly, I'm glad I got to see.  Sure it's a bit clumsy at times, the jokes in sections fall flat, and Naomi Watts' Russian accent takes a little bit of getting used to, but "St. Vincent" in the end showcases an up-and-coming filmmaker exceedingly well, as well as reminding people of why they love Bill Murray in the first place.  Not to mention, Murray doesn't even give the film's best performance.  Believe it or not, it's the charisma and charm of Leberher that stole the show for me.  If you want to see a realistic, dramatic, but overall charming and authentic movie, then definitely see "St. Vincent" when you get the chance.


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