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Film Review: St. Vincent

Posted on November 24, 2014 in Arts & Culture, Movie Reviews
By USM Free Press

Krysteana Scribner | The Free Press

By Sergey Miller

St. Vincent is a new comedy starring Bill Murray, Mellissa McCarthy and Naomi Watts. In truth, it is not just a comedy but also a deeper reflection on many serious themes. This film is a reflection of human kindness, the ability of people to engender compassion and what constitutes a ‘saintly’ person.

There are plenty of funny moments and lines in the film which add a sharp contrast to the serious undertones that pervade the movie as a whole. If having many funny moments defines a comedy in its entirety then St. Vincent would easily lend itself to such a final category. It can also be said that this film falls under the category of drama with tinges of comedy scattered throughout the plot. The movie’s strongest point is the dramatic plotline, as well as the excellent acting of Bill Murray.

The plot of the movie centers on a number of different characters converging to form unique and special relationships.This includes a mother played by McCarthy in a divorce battle trying to make a living for her newly reduced family, a Vietnam War veteran, played by Murray, who pushes away all the people in his life who gets too close and a child named Oliver who is dealing with new conditions in a whole new life.

Oliver needs a mentor and someone to acculturate him into his new life. Vincent needs to find meaning somewhere in his otherwise busy schedule of drinking, gambling, prostitution, isolation and pain. Oliver seems to burn away his cynicism and helps reveal Vincent’s more ‘saintly’ expressions. Mellissa McCarthy’s character as Maggie reveals she has a serious side which is refreshing. All these characters personalities are revealed the more the movie progresses and the unfolding of the movie leads to deeper reflections concerning the human experience.

From going to bars, visiting race tracks, learning fighting moves and learning the life lessons of Vincent, this movie takes something old and makes it refreshing and new. Having a few laughs while reflecting on the deeper portions of life is the films greatest achievement.

 

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