Bill Murray, the original funnyman, takes on new territory with his ever aging self to portray a grouchy old man with a hidden heart of gold. St. Vincent is a beautiful story of an old man waiting to die and finding purpose. Murray befriends a young neighbor boy after babysitting him. The boy discovers the compassion of this grumpy man and it transforms his view of others.
An underlying theme throughout the movie is the idea of sainthood. Who is saintly? And what makes someone a saint? Religious authority normally portrays saints as those who are almost perfect, those with no observable fault. However the movie starts off with this claim: “A saint is a human being we celebrate for the sacrifices they make, for their commitment to making the world a better place.”
The boy, Oliver, discovers that true saints are never perfect and that sometimes the ones making the sacrifices and attempting to make the world a better place are messed up people: those with hurt and pain, anger and sadness. Sometimes these saints feel useless because they can’t see how powerful their actions are.
Again, “a saint is a human being we celebrate for the sacrifices they make, for their commitment to making the world a better place,” so go and celebrate the saints in your life.