Love & Mercy

Love & Mercy

DVD - 2015
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An unconventional portrait of Brian Wilson, the mercurial singer, songwriter and leader of The Beach Boys. Set against the era-defining catalog of Wilson's music, the film intimately examines the personal voyage and ultimate salvation of the icon whose success came at extraordinary personal cost.


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multcolib_susannel May 21, 2016

Brian Wilson's creativity takes the Beach Boys from just another surfer band to the unique music he hears in his mind.

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Feb 05, 2018

The movie is a gem. Life and times of Brian Wilson. Paul Dano could've played Brian Wilson from young to old without any problems but John Cusak did a pretty nice job too. Paul Giamatti as Eugene Landy and Elizabeth Banks as Melinda gave very strong performances.

Oct 19, 2017

This is a good film about the chief songwriter for the Beach Boys- Brian Wilson. It follows him at the apex of his abilities as a songwriter, to the period later in his life when he struggled with mental problems. Both Paul Dano and John Cusack give good performances as Wilson.

JCLMargaretO Oct 05, 2017

I've always loved the music of the Beach Boys, but wasn't aware of their personal lives, especially that of Brian Wilson. So heartbreaking, yet successful in spite of it all. You'll never listen to their music the same way again.

Sep 04, 2017

This well-meaning, but so-so biopic of head Beach Boy Brian Wilson (Or beach man as he once insisted to his overbearing father.) tries to tell two distinct stories, one about his brilliant work in the 60s, in which he's played by Paul Dano, and one about the woman (Elizabeth Banks) who saves him from his manipulative, malicious shrink (Paul Giamatti). In the this story he's played by John Cusack, who looks nothing like Wilson. There are good moments (especially when Wilson is working) and the acting is good, but it's uneven and tries to cover too much material. I actually would have preferred a straight documentary. For more about Wilson's mental health issues and musical genius, there's Peter Ames Carlin's book "Catch a Wave." God only knows if this movie could've been better.

JCLBrentW Jul 17, 2017

This was actually the best film of 2015. Paul Dano is especially good.

Jun 26, 2017

A compelling, well-acted biopic, though Beach Boys fans, approach with caution: Despite the sunny packaging, this is not a fun celebration of the band's career. Rather, it's a pretty bleak, intense portrayal of the sad and tormented life of Brian Wilson. The music provides some relief - what a thrill to witness the creation of those harmonies - but you pay for it by having to watch Wilson and the group fall apart. Rock history buffs will be intrigued by the story behind the recording of Pet Sounds; fans looking to hum along with all those great Beach Boys songs about summer and surfing and cars would be better off popping in an album.

The three principal actors -- Elizabeth Banks, John Cusack, Paul Dano -- are pretty close to flawless in this Brian Wilson biopic. Paul Giamatti is terrific as always playing the twisted heavy. My major complaint is that the film drifted on for about 20-30 minutes too long. Also, the PET SOUNDS storytelling is compact and cogent, but the Beach Boys narrative thread unravels from there. Still a fantastic movie.

Apr 20, 2017

Adequate portrayal of Brian Wilson's struggles and those who used and abused him. Was disappointed with the lack of portrayals of the group's successes and failure to show very many real live shots of their performances and songs. Of course, that was not the story line. They stuck to the dark side of the group's life.

Apr 02, 2017

An interesting movie that is worth watching. I had no idea the struggles the leader of the Beach Boys had in life. Good to see things are improving for him.

Mar 27, 2017

very good film about the trials and tribulations of the diseased minds...and not just the individual suffering from mental disorders, but the assinine people around them who THINK they are helping and do not recognize that there is a problem.
Fascinating look into the early 60s music scene and more fascinating look into the genius that is Brian Wilson. It would have been nice to have a bit more about his " forgotten years" in between the success and the reinvention so I had to take a star off . Yes I know it would have been another 30 minutes longer, but when something is good, you just wish for a bit more and complete life history versus stages.
Tremendous acting by all.

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Mar 06, 2016

Wilson on "The Wrecking Crew," (excellent documentary 2015 film for 60's & 70's pop music fans:)
Wilson: I want you to meet Tony Asher. Tony Asher, this is Hal Blaine. The greatest drummer working today. And you never heard of him, have you? ... the whole band.
I mean, they're probably... the best in the business, but they're studio musicians... so nobody's ever heard of them. It's crazy!
A Wrecking Crew member to Wilson:
Chuck: Let me tell you something. We're all pros, you know? We've played with everyone. Heard it all. You name them, we've played with them. Sinatra, Dean Martin... Elvis, Phil Spector... Sam Cooke, everyone! And we all studied in goddamn
conservatories, for Christ's sake. But... but you... you got to know... that you're touched, kid. You've blown our minds.
Wison: More than Phil Spector?
Chuck: Ah, Phil's got nothing on you.


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