Yikes! it’s been a while since I have posted! My bad!! (If I could have a virtual computer hand, I would let you slap it )
FYI: This review may contains Spoilers! Read at your won risk! 😉
I recently watched St. Vincent on Netflix, and I must say, I wish I would have watched it when it came out in theaters. It was incredible! Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy’s performances where magnificent. If you don’t know the plot line of this story, here it is.
” A young boy whose parents have just divorced finds an unlikely friend and mentor in the misanthropic, bawdy, hedonistic war veteran who lives next door.” (from IMDB)
This movie was written and directed by Theodore Melfi and you can tell he really emphasized with Bill Murray’s character.
Bill Murray’s character Vincent is a realistic, grumpy, war veteran who lives next door to Maggie (Melissa McCarthy) and Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher ). Vincent doesn’t like anybody except for his prostitute, Daka (Naomi Watts ), his wife, which we learn is in a home for alzheimer’s , and a few people at the bar he knows back in the day. He lives a simple life, gamble his money away, and drinks. Soon his life sort of turns upside down when he has to baby sit Oliver for a few weeks.
Oliver who just moved to the neighborhood with his mother who is trying to escape Oliver’s father don’t make a great impression on Vincent when they first move in, but when Oliver looses his stuff to a bully at school and has no way to get inside his house, he his left sort of stranded with Vincent. Eventually this babysitting job makes some money for Vincent, so he takes it. Over the course of several weeks Vincent starts to like Oliver and helps him with standing up for him self. This does back fire , though as Oliver actually hurts someone in school. (Even though they totally deserved it!) Vincent takes Oliver to the horse races, where they actually won lots of money through Oliver’s calculation, bars, a nursing home (We meet Vincent’s wife), and of course Daka, who Oliver meets at Vincent’s house one day.
Even with all the good that seems to come from babysitting Oliver, Vincent does have a troubled past and that does have to do with his gambling at the horse races. Eventually his past meets up with him but not before “old age” hits Vincent. He has a stroke and is left to the care of Oliver, Maggie, and Daka (who is pregnant Vincent’s baby). Over the course of several months in the hospital, recovering and trying to get back to normal, Vincent learns that his wife in the nursing home has passed. This shatters Vincent to pieces and pushes everyone away form him, including Oliver.
In the end, Oliver finds a way back into Vincent’s life, as he researched who Vincent was through many interviews with the local buds, Daka and the people in the nursing home he has visited with Vincent. Through the help of Daka, she was able to convince Vincent that she was about to burst but instead took him to Oliver’s presentation of honoring Vincent. Vincent being who he is grudgingly went along with things, and truly opened up to Oliver and was undoubtedly grateful for what he means to him. Leaving us with a happier ending that we can imagine.
Every movie touches someone different and you can tell through the story that it was meant to speak for different people. For some it could be:
- Living your life in the future, not the past.
- Stand up for who you are & what it means to be you.
- Don’t expect to be happy with the easy way out.
- Live the happiness in your heart & not the pain that was once there.
This movie was magnificent to watch and it was great seeing Melissa doing something different other than comedy, even Bill Murray as well! It’s been a while since I have seen in him a movie; but none the less, this film was excellently done and shot beautifully. Have you guys seen this movie and if so what did you all think? Let me know in the comments below.
xoxo Alyssa G