Casting Director Laura Rosenthal gave Writer/Director Theodore Melfi the perfect group of actors for him to realize his script St. Vincent. The result is a gem of a movie.
Everyone has turned in an excellent performance. Bill Murray is at his irascible best as the grouchy Vincent. Melissa McCarthy as a recently single mother shows she can play serious as well as comedic roles. Young Jaeden Lieberher as her son Oliver is a true find and Chris O’Dowd, Terrence Howard and Kimberly Quinn are wonderful in smaller roles. But, the screen literally sings whenever Naomi Watts appears. If she isn’t nominated for Best Supporting Actress as Daka, a pregnant Russian pole dancer/”lady-of-the-night,” something is very wrong in Tinseltown.
Vincent’s antics are a little hard to take at the outset, but Watts’ Daka and Lieberher’s Oliver bring out his better nature, transforming our opinion of him and providing an enjoyable viewer reward.
Kudos, also, go to the creation of the most clever end credits setup in memory. Amazingly, no one left the theater until they were over.
I give St. Vincent a 4+ out of 5.