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St. Vincent Blu-ray Review

St. Vincent Blu-ray

The ensemble cast makes “St. Vincent” a winner.

Vincent is a broke, grouchy, retired war veteran who lives a life of sin, but he wasn’t always this way (as you will find out in the movie). Aside from his cat and his sometimes visiting friend Daka (a pregnant Russian stripper), Vincent prefers to live a life of solitude but that all changes when a struggling single mom (Maggie) and her son (Oliver) move in next door. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Vincent essentially becomes Oliver’s babysitter. Despite not being the best of role models (to say the least), Vincent miraculously helps out Oliver and begins to bond with him even as his own life begins to spiral downward.

Even though we’ve seen the “jackass with a heart of gold” story before, “St. Vincent” still manages to be a heartfelt, moving, funny, and, yes, even heart wrenching tale. Some folks may find it to be overly sentimental, but I say any film that offers up a range of emotions and tugs at the heart strings is doing something right.

The real reason the emotional script works, however, is due to the cast. As powerful as the material may be, it simply wouldn’t work if the audience wasn’t invested in the characters. Thankfully, “St. Vincent” boasts an extraordinary cast comprised of Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts, Chris O’Dowd, and Jarden Lieberher.

Murray, who has mostly been doing cameos and small supporting roles as of late, gives his best performances since “Broken Flowers.” It’s a great character for him to dig into and he really gives it his all. The always reliable Naomi Watts is, well, reliable as Daka. It’s a bit of a silly role, but she’s clearly having fun with it. Unlike many of her starring roles, Melissa McCarthy is not front and center here. She’s playing the straight and mostly serious role and it’s easily one of her best performances. Chris O’Dowd (best known for the brilliant sitcom “The IT Crowd”) has a small role, but he is funny as always as here. Last, but not least there is the child actor Jarden Lieberher who does a tremendous job. Considering much of his screentime involves acting opposite of Murray, he has the tough task of trying to hold his own against the comedic titan and he does so effortlessly.

Video/Audio:

Presentation; 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? From the dark interiors to the bright exteriors, this hi-def transfer impresses.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The dialogue and music are sharp throughout.

Extras:
* Digital HD copy.
* The Weinstein Company trailers.
* 12 deleted scenes.
* “Bill Murray Is St. Vincent The Patron Saint Of Comedy”- A 20 minute featurette that contains film clips, behind-the-scenes clips, TIFF Q&A footage and more.

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February 20, 2015 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , ,

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