St Vincent is directed by Theodore Melfi and stars Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts, Chris O’Dowd, and in his first major role, Jaeden Lieberher.
The film tells the story of Maggie (McCarthy), a newly single mother who moves to Brooklyn with her young son, Oliver (Lieberher). Because she has to work long hours she is forced to leave her son in the care of their new next door neighbour Vincent (Murray) who has many problems including drinking, smoking, language and a generally mean persona about him. Over the course of their time together Vincent and Oliver form an unlikely friendship that gives Oliver a mentor to look up to and Vincent a chance to become a better human being.
All the cast deliver in their roles, with Bill Murray bringing his unique style of emotional yet comedic acting that only Bill Murray can pull off. Naomi Watts plays Daka, a pregnant Russian stripper/prostitute and “friend” of Vincent, though this isn’t a role I’d ever thought I’d see her play I can’t say she did a bad job. Melissa McCarthy plays the type of role that I personally love her doing, the caring, quick witted character that I feel she does a lot better than her Bridesmaids/Tammy characters, but that’s just my opinion.
The actor that really stands out to me in this film is 11 year old Jaeden Lieberher – you can tell just by watching him that this is a kid who’s a lot smarter than others his age. He works well opposite Murray and is definitely someone I’d keep an eye out for in the coming years. As well as the main actors, the supporting cast did a good job with what they were given.
While the humour in the film is good, it’s really the emotional scenes that stand out making you as an audience member actually feel for these characters and what they go through throughout the movie, leaving you with fuzziness in your stomach and a small tear in your eye.
Overall St Vincent is a mix of feels and laughter that’s should definitely be given a shot, though there are a few plot points that are forgotten about and never seemed to be resolved the film still has solid acting and an enjoyable story that will help you see the good in people that you might not have looked for before this movie.