There’s something about Murray… Bill Murray. His movies in the 80’s and early 90’s were comedic gold that put a very hard “slap” in slapstick. Today in 2015, Bill Murray has reinvented and re-identified himself as an actor and as a man; almost like an urban legend that everyone knows is actually real.
Bill Murray has no agent, no publicist, not even a cell phone! Did you know that? When directors want him for their movies, they call a private 1-800 number. The directors leave a voicemail and then they wait. Often, they’ll wait for a long time, but it’s well worth it.
When not filming, Murray can be found anywhere at random in America crashing weddings, bachelor parties, and karaoke bars. He gives heartwarming advice about life and relationships. It’s an amazing life that he is leading.
The title character he plays is
not too far fetched from playing himself in an alternate reality. It’s about a crotchety, old man who… just hates. He hates small talk, people, and himself. He is riddled with vices like gambling, alcohol, and nailing pregnant hookers. But even though he’s angry and annoyed with everyone all the time, there is a side to him that believes that being that way is doing others a favor. Without giving away any spoilers, it does serve a good purpose.
When single mom Maggie (Melissa McCarthy) moves next door to Vincent, her young son Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher) is immediately intrigued by him. Forced to work long hours at her new job, Maggie asks Vincent to watch Oliver when he gets home from school. Vincent angrily obliges but not without making him mow his dirt patch and take him on completely inappropriate trips to bars and the racetrack.
This movie has it’s funny moments and clever dialogue, but it is by no means a comedy. Melissa McCarthy’s role is actually pretty minor as the chemistry between Murray and Lieberher carry the film from start to finish. It’s a little treasure trove of an indy film that is well acted with convincing, but sometimes cliché characters.
I would probably best describe St. Vincent as a sad feel-good movie. If you’re a fan of Bill Murray, absolutely go see it. He nails it. But if you’re expecting to see another Bridesmades because Melissa McCarthy is in it, then stay home.