Director: Bill Pohlad
Actors: John Cusack, Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks
Realease Date: June 5, 2015
Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements, drug content and language
Run Time: 121 minutes
In the 1960s, Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson struggles with emerging psychosis as he attempts to craft his avant-garde pop masterpiece. In the 1980s, he is a broken, confused man under the 24-hour watch of shady therapist Dr. Eugene Landy.
Love & Mercy would have been a great Lifetime movie. It had fame, betrayal, and mental illness, all the components needed. Unfortunately, I had to pay 7.50 to see a Lifetime movie.
The film is told in two parts, first is young Brian Wilson played by Paul Dano circa Pet Sounds and John Cusack plays Wilson as a man struggling with his demons and being taken advantage of in the 1990s. I think this movie could have been better if it featured the 1960s more, but instead its focus was mental illness and while I am not an expert in the area I felt was poorly achieved. It was simply too erratic for the masses.
Dano was the star of the two parts portraying Wilson’s enthusiasm and let downs well but then we would go back to John Cusack and in my opinion, John Cusack can only play John Cusack. I found myself fidgeting in my chair and asking myself, maybe I didn’t get it because I wasn’t from that era. But no, I saw it with my mom and apparently that didn’t matter because it would still have been a stinker. The problem with bio-epics is that they are very subjective and unlike other music inspired epics such as Ray, based upon Charles Ray, but Love & Mercy did not have the same dramatic texture. Overall, Love & Mercy did not have good vibrations.
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