St. Vincent (2014)

 This movie opens up with our main character telling a very dry joke, which sets up the tone for the rest of the film. “St. Vincent” is a comedy that puts focus on one grumpy old man trying to come to terms with his life. The resulting effort is a gem of originality that has not been seen in quite some time. While the movie does go into dramatic territory, and there are some issues with the story, the film is great by showing what age can do to a comedian, and still poke fun at life. “St. Vincent” is a unique comedy that shows a more human side to those who are grumpy.

The story involves an old man named Vincent (Bill Murray) trying to keep his life in check, while adjusting to modern society. He gets new neighbors in the form of Maggie and Oliver Bronstein (Melissa McCarthy and Jaeden Lieberher respectively); Maggie must work long hours at the hospital, so she lets Vincent oversee the care of Oliver, and the two become good friends. Along the way, Vincent must cope with financial issues, a drinking habit, gambling, and his wife who is in a home. Life pretty much sucks for Vincent.

“St. Vincent is a remarkable comedy. The script, written by Theodore Melfi (who also directed the film), offers at how old age can effect a person. There are issues of financial crisis, abusing money, being friendly to neighbors, and many more that are brought up. As stated before, Theodore Melfi also directed the movie, and each actor has a clear motivation and goal, and the camera is great to look at some amazing shots of New York. The acting is fantastic as we have some great comedic actors here, whose presence lightens up the movie. Yet it’s Bill Murray who steals the show here, as he delivers a fantastic performance that really solidifies the character of Vincent. For the rest of the production, the costumes fit the actors well, the editing is nicely paced, and the music sets the tone perfectly.

With that being said, there are a couple of problems with the movie. For instance, there are some plot holes concerning Vincent’s financial situation. What this is referring to is that Vincent has to pay off a debt to someone, yet it is never clearly explained for what particular reason. While the pacing is nice, there are some slow moments, especially during the middle portion of the film. And finally, while this film does present itself as a comedy, there are some dramatic moments, which are nice, but tend to be a little sappy.

One side note to mention, and this is because of the subject matter, the film is centered towards an adult audience; there are some very mature subjects at hand.

In conclusion, “St. Vincent” is a nice adult comedy that offers dry humor on life, and reflects the importance of what it means to be alive.

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