In many ways, Fury is similar to Saving Private Ryan. Both are intense, violent films about World War II; both are not shot in full color; and both are excellent films. Brad Pitt stars as a battle-hardened tank sergeant whose team is given a suicide mission behind enemy lines. To provide contrast, Logan Lerman is Norman, a naive clerk typist who unexpectedly becomes the crew’s assistant driver. Without giving anything away, expect to see humanity at its best and worst.
Because Oliver’s single mom, Maggie (Melissa McCarthy), works long hours, next-door neighbor Vincent (Bill Murray) becomes his unlikely babysitter. Although Vincent isn’t a good influence (he hires a “lady of the evening” and gambles and drinks too much), he and Oliver form an unlikely friendship and end up transforming each other into better people.
I went into St. Vincent not knowing what to expect and received so much-an Oscar-caliber performance from Bill Murray, a sweet story that avoided being maudlin and an over-all great film experience. If you see one movie this season, make sure it’s St. Vincent!