554. St. Vincent

554-st-vincentBackground info

Title: St. Vincent
Director: Theodore Melfi
Year: 2014
Run time: 1hr 42m

“Maggie, a single mother, moves into a new home in Brooklyn with her 12-year-old son, Oliver. Forced to work long hours, she has no choice but to leave Oliver in the care of their new neighbour, Vincent, a retired curmudgeon with a penchant for alcohol and gambling. An odd friendship soon blossoms between the improbably pair. Together with a pregnant stripper named Daka, Vincent brings Oliver along on all the stops that make up his daily routine – the race track, a strip club, and the local dive bar. Vincent helps Oliver grow to become a man, whilst Oliver begins to see in Vincent something that no one else is able to: a misunderstood man with a good heart.”

Live blog

1:45 – There’s something sweet about walking along with a soundtrack to your life in your ears.
6:39 – Don Cheadle is an executive producer on this? Also how long are the credits going on for?
9:54 – “Of course they did it… look at the crime scene!”
10:39 – “It’s going to be a long life.”
13:59 – What life would have been like with Chris O’Dowd as a teacher! Brilliant.
22:28 – That cat looks just like Bagpuss. They have silly faces.
25:24 – “Sorta cool in a grouchy sort of way.”
27:57 – The Big MT!
41:54 – Woah, dodgeball rage.
45:18 – “I thought we talked about you not talking.”
49:55 – “Can’t get nothin’ in this world without being heard.” He’s a man of mixed messages, this Vincent.
1:13:59 – It’s nice that everyone rallies around him.
1:16:14 – I think a racetrack would help with maths. Not sure about the bar though.
1:21:40 – Facebook ruining things again!
1:29:01 – Pop up Vincent!
1:36:56 – “This food beats hunger… by a hair.”

Conclusions

I was expecting this to be a quirky little comedy and wasn’t prepared for how engaging, dramatic and heartwarming it would be. Bill Murray is on top form as the grump with a good heart, and it was fab to see Melissa McCarthy doing a more serious role than her usual. The story of unlikely friendships between boy and unsuitable adult isn’t new, but it’s done really well, with many sides to each of the characters.

It was absolutely stacked full of quotables too, with almost every line out of Vincent’s mouth a classic put down or cynical aside. The kid was cute and you end up rooting for him to break through the ice heart of the old man, which of course he does. It’s odd in places, particularly the end credits, but overall, a real treat.

Rating: 4/5.

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