We students here at The Reel Deal love Bill Murray. He can do no wrong in our eyes, and I dare say he is the patron saint of our fine organization. So when I was given the heavy burden of critiquing of St. Vincent, I was scared. I was afraid that this film might be the one that broke the streak of excellent films and that this would be my cross to bear as I delivered the verdict that this movie was terrible. Thank the patron saint, my fears never became a reality.
St.Vincent tells the story of a grumpy old man that takes in his new neighbor’s son and a pregnant stripper for extra money. But while this alcoholic gambler is an all around cranky man, the audience feels for Vince as the movie progresses. the audience sees why he does what he does and what he’s gone through. It usually takes a lot for me to cry, but this festival has given me two films that have made me ball like a baby, one being Uzumasa Limelight, and the other being St.Vincent. You can sit through the film and see exactly where it’s going, and the ending still hits you. The only performance that was lackluster was Terrance Howard’s. His was the only element that subtracted from the film. The other actors work so well together onscreen that audience genuinely believes in what this film is. The story is predictible, but set that aside and you actually begin to expect a big change in the plot; something different, something you didn’t see coming. And while the film does have unique elements to the plot, when it gives you that same old ending you’ve seen a hundred times before, it feels right. This film is satisfying from start to finish and not once do you feel like it’s too much. If this doesn’t win Bill Murray an award, then there’s no justice in this world.