Take a Drink: whenever Vincent does.
Do a Shot: whenever Vincent doesn’t need to hear the whole story.
Drink a Beer: whenever they call back the “the lady of the night” joke.
By: Joel Olivo (Two Beers) –
Bill Murray plays a crotchety war veteran who, in dealing with his wife’s descent into Alzheimer’s, has isolates himself from the world. He drinks, he partakes in a woman of the night, and he gambles. His quickly dissipating world of vices comes crashing down when a single mother and her child move in to the adjacent house.
“YOU MOW DIRT TO LEARN ABOUT LIFE.”
I can’t say it enough: the cast was amazing. Everyone from Melissa McCarthy to Chris O’Dowd displayed a quiet masterful performance. It was refreshing to see Identity Thief, Hustle & Flow, Ghostbusters, Bridesmaids, and 30 Rock all perform brilliantly as ordinary folk.
“YOU DRINK AT BARS TO LEARN ABOUT LIFE.”
Chris O’Dowd plays a sort of new age sarcastic Catholic schoolteacher. He is a devoted Catholic, but recognizes that the world has changed. If he ran a church I would definitely attend, but only if it was in a mega church with 60-inch flat screens.
“Welcome, my flock, to the house of O’Dowd.”
I will argue with Bill Murrays “Old Brooklyn Accent.” It is sometimes jarring, sometimes annoying, and I struggled with the authenticity of it. That being said, Vincent is everything I ever aspire to be in my ripe old age. Even penniless and resistant to the world changing around him, he comports himself with a grace and the arrogance of a person who has earned that right.
If anyone can earn it, it is Bill Murray.
This movie falls victim to some of the tropes of the clichéd “old grumpy man meets a kid and they learn from each other” tale, but never enough to take us out of the world of old Brooklyn, which many tourists and New Yorkers alike never get to see. St. Vincent takes a look at who we are through how we touch other people. The movie is paced well, and sometimes leaves things open-ended (the case in a lot of slice of life indie movies), but leaves us with a feeling of joy and satisfaction as a new family rises from the ashes of several broken ones.
“YOU PUSH YOUR OLD MAN IN SHOPPING CARTS TO LEARN ABOUT LIFE.”