Monday, October 20, 2014

Mid-Month Movie Club: St. Vincent

As you know by now, we are big movie fans. Just recently we attended the 37th annual Mill Valley Film Festival, and caught an advanced screening of St. Vincent. We were especially excited as it stars Bill Murray, one of our favorites.

Murray was great in the film as the cantankerous Vincent, who takes his neighbor's son under his wing. In the same vein as Royal Tenenbaum teaching Chas's kids to gamble while watching dog fighting, Vincent brings Oliver to the horse races where they place bets, and later teaches him how to fight. That's one of our main criticisms of the film: anyone who loves Bill Murray will have seen him in Wes Anderson's films, and this film borrows on those details and spirit. However, Vincent is a very non-idealized character. His flaws are serious, but he has redeeming moments.

Naomi Watts as a pregnant stripper had some great comedic moments, and we were reminded that she does comedy quite well, a genre she's been absent from for some time (if you haven't seen I Heart Huckabees, we highly recommend).

Melissa McCarthy is fantastic, as always. She knows how to deliver a line with just the right amount of sarcasm.

Overall we really liked the movie, it was very heartwarming and well cast. If you've seen it, what did you think?

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