Film Review – St Vincent

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You might have missed one of the better films from this year’s Boxing Day crop as there were so many new films released in the one week. St Vincent is the story of a grumpy old man Vincent (Bill Murray) who is living by himself on the verge of squalor and destitution, when along comes a new neighbour Maggie (Melissa McCarthy) and her son Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher).

Add to the mix a pregnant Russian stripper Daka (Naomi Watts) and a potential positive male model model in Chris O’Dowd‘s Brother Geraghty and you have the makings of an oddball, screwball comedy with heart.

Every member of the cast brings their “A” game, but it’s the interplay between Vincent and Oliver that makes this story shine. Full of laughs, and a dash of heartbreak, this is a solid piece of cinema to see either on the big screen or to pop on the list for viewing once it comes out on DVD and iTunes.

Already nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Musical or Comedy Motion Picture (alongside another must-see film Birdman), don’t be surprised if there is an Oscar nod or two somewhere along the way as well.

4 Stars.

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