Not So “St. Vincent”

Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, and Naomi Watts come together to star in the new comedy film “St. Vincent.” The movie takes place in Brooklyn where grumpy, old Vietnam veteran Vincent MacKenna (Bill Murray) spends his time drinking, gambling at the horse tracks, going to clubs, smoking, and swearing. Melissa McCarthy plays Maggie, a single mom who moves with her adopted son Oliver to a new home right next to Vincent. The story is about Maggie Bronstein, a single mother who moves with her adopted son Oliver. Maggie, a struggling mother in the middle of a divorce who works long hours, has no choice but to leave her son in the care of Vincent MacKenna. Meanwhile, Vince takes Oliver along with him and the pair bond after Vince teaches Oliver how to fight, gamble, and work the strip clubs. The mismatched pair end up helping one another as the story goes on and their relationship ends up being one of the best things that has ever happened to them.

Overall I would give this movie 3.5 out of 5 stars. It had its funny moments, but slowed down in some parts and got a little dull in others. The beginning scene was comical as two Mexicans working for a moving company hit Vincent’s front tree and knock it down. They start arguing in Spanish. All that noise wakes up Vince who was passed out drunk on his kitchen floor. He comes out and starts cursing at the movers. That was a nice beginning, they really showed the type of person that Vince is. However though as the story goes on he starts doing the same thing over and over again and it gets a little boring until Oliver and his mother show up. The character performances were pretty well done especially Jaeden Lieberher, the boy who had to play young Oliver. He really sold his role by acting all innocent at first and then adjusting to life with old Vincent. His foul language added some humor as he started to talk and act like Vince. Finally Bill Murray did what he needed to do by acting as an uneducated old man who was a burden on society but as the story goes on, he tries to help people and shows that he indeed does have somewhat of a heart. Overall it’s not a bad movie to go see but, not quite a blockbuster.