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Love & Mercy


Paul Dano, John Cusack, Paul Giamatti, Elizabeth Banks View All


Bill Pohlad (Director), Oren Moverman (Screenplay) View All

Release: May 29th, 2015
Runtime: 2 hours
In the late 1960s, the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson stops touring, produces "Pet Sounds" and begins to lose his grip on reality. By the 1980s, Wilson, under the sway of a controlling therapist, finds a savior in Melinda Ledbetter.
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1 Love and Mercy
Okay, so I thought this was gonna be one of those Bio pics with a capital B. Where it chronicles the life of Brian Wilson from childhood and we're slowly being wheeled through every single detail and ...
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Love and Mercy One of the most disturbing and strange stories in American music history has been the story of the Beach Boys and Brian Wilson. Packaged as the All-American boys from Southern Calif...

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I think what I love most about the film is the very gentle portrayal of people with mental illness.
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This film is bi polar, with half of it set in the 1960's with Paul Dano playing Brian Wilson...and the other half set in the 1980's with John Cusack also playing Brian Wilson.
The Dano half goes for a straightforward behind-the-scenes dramatisation that shows how Wilson's creative process in crafting one of the greatest pop albums ever made attracted a fair bit of derision and skepticism; it definitely features its fair share of clichs in this regard, especially in having Wilson's bandmate Mike Love (Jake Abel) vocally contradict Wilson's actions at almost every turn.
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