I was wonderfully surprised at how much I enjoyed this and how it gave that warm, fuzzy feeling at the end.
I love Bill Murray. I will watch and have watched almost all his films. I am a fan of Melissa McCarthy as well. I’ve only seen Naomi Watts in a few pictures but I think she’s a pretty decent actress.
I’m never surprised by Murray’s acting ability. He just makes his roles work. I know Melissa McCarthy from only doing comedy. And while this movie does fall under the comedy/drama genre (or dramedy, if you will) I enjoyed seeing her play a role
Her character will make you laugh but for different reasons than her other role. For example, in the movie Bridesmaids, her character is there for the sole person of making the audience laugh with her one-liners and slapstick antics. In St. Vincent, you see a different side of McCarthy. She’s a newly single mom trying her best. She is forced to start over after a bitter divorce and make a new life for her and her son, played wonderfully by young newcomer, Jaeden Lieberher. Seriously, you will fall in love with this kid.
From the beginning, she inadvertently butts heads with her new neighbor played by Murray who, on the surface, seems like an a ass. You discover more about he who he is and what his life is really like later on.
The way McCarthy gets frazzled and flustered, and aggravated by Murray’s cantankerous character throughout the movie will make you chuckle. Naomi Watts as the pregnant Russian prostitute with a lot of attitude, provides some good comedy relief as well.
Murray, McCarthy, and Watts would seem unlikely in a movie together on paper but it worked. Not sure if we’ll see this movie featured during Oscar time but they should at least snag a couple of Golden Globe noms.