7:30 PM, 25th February, 2015
Just what is it about Bill Murray that we love so much?
I believe it is his charisma and eccentricity, his ability to charm us as the lovable jerk, it’s the Venkmanesqueness that we are all so drawn to.
For the majority of us, ‘starring Bill Murray’ is all we need to know about this film to see it. But for the few who possibly need further inspiration…
With a plot similar to About a Boy, a young, complicated boy, being bullied in school, seeks an unlikely friend and mentor in an inappropriate old man. And by inappropriate I do mean Bill Murray, in his element – a cranky, drunk and dodgy Vietnam vet, wallowing in pessimism and self-indulgence.
The support cast is excellent – and full of favourites – Naomi Watts as a Russian ‘Lady of the Night’, Chris O’Dowd as the Irish priest and Melissa McCarthy, reining in the ridiculous and giving a well-rounded performance as a struggling single mother. This film is funny – but don’t be fooled – this film does get deep and it will touch you.
St. Vincent is excellent, edgy, funny and sad. Bill Murray, as we have come to expect, is spectacular. His range is stellar and completely encapsulated in this film, from slapstick physical comedy to the depths of loss and heartbreak. Bill Murray is just wonderful, showing us again the reason we all love him so much.