Published on November 21st, 2014 | by gatsbyadmin0
St. Vincent – Movie review
Well, it’s time to review another piece of work from Bill Murray, the OG, the mentor, the legend. St. Vincent was released last week and the GGStaff had some time in Aspen to catch the movie and enjoy the laughter. This isn’t the same comedy as we’ve seen in decades gone by…it’s not Stripes, it’s not Ghostbusters, and it’s not Lost in Translation….it’s St. Vincent….it stands alone. At first you might think this is a comedy about the elder years for Murray, the world gone by from a single older point of view. Very much the opposite with a young boy at the center of the film. After his parents settle their divorce, the mother (Melissa McCarthy) and Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher) move to a new home…their neighbor is Vincent (Bill Murray). Oliver deals with many aspects of being a new kid in school with bullies, class work, gym class antics, and the always looming fight with the bully. Many of these things are brought into light by Vincent and his lack luster thoughts on life. From teaching the kid how to fight, how to bet on the horses, how to speak up and be heard in a bar, to the education on “ladies of the night.”All the dysfunctional fun is caught in this film.
The acting is top notch and the end of this comedic drama comes on hard and fast. Vincent owes his bookie from the race track money and after an altercation at Vincent’s house…..he has a stroke. The focus on physical therapy and the hospital being into play many emotions you felt would be left out of a classic Murray comedy. Not in St. Vincent, from taking care of his sick wife, to the speech therapy for Vincent, to the ending scenes of the sainthood ceremony all keep you on the edge of your seat to see what will come next….It’s a “must watch” on our list of films for 2014 as it brought to life many of the pains we feel in our day to day. “I had a marine sniper and drill sargent that taught me the ropes as a kid. He was my grandfather but more importantly he was my mentor,” Hunt said after watching this film. “It brought back the younger years of being around adults and trying to understand the chaos of the world around us,” he concluded.