I went into St. Vincent with low expectations, and came out of the film with tears in my eyes and a smile on my face. St. Vincent follows the life of a man named, well, Vincent (Bill Murray), a war vet who’s wife is sick and is wallowing in his grief and self-pity. A mother and son (Melissa McCarthy and Jaeden Lieberher) move in next door to him, though, and they end up changing each others lives.
Bill Murray was excellent as Vincent. He was grumpy and grizzled, yet also showed signs of vulnerability and compassion. Jaeden Lieberher shined as Oliver, the boy that moves in next door to Vincent and befriends the old man. The chemistry between these two is electric, and their friendship was touching and believable. I even liked Melissa McCarthy in this film, and I usually don’t care for her performances. The only weak link was Naomi Watts as a Russian prostitute. Her character felt unnecessary and her accent was pretty terrible.
The story started off in the way I thought it would, but ended in a completely different fashion. St. Vincent made me laugh, cry, smile, and hope. Was it sometimes cheesy and predictable? Yes, but it more than made up for those moments with its heart and genuine emotion.
If you’re looking for a feel-good movie to watch, give St. Vincent a shot. You’re in for a well-acted, warm-hearted treat.
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