Love & Mercy proves to be a grand biopic about the life and struggle of Brain Wilson, sending off good vibrations to Beach Boys fanatics.
Contrasting two different eras (the ‘60s and the ‘80s) of Mr. Wilson’s life, director Bill Pohlad does the artist justice. Paul Dano plays Wilson in the ‘60s, while John Cusack plays an older version of Wilson in the ‘80s. Dano put on the extra pounds to really transform into his character and gives us one of his most potent performances to date. The Beach Boys rose to fame during the 1960s, but many people did not realize how much Wilson’s artistic influence really had on the band.
Wilson was the brains and the innovator for the band, producing us some of the greatest songs of all time (“God Only Knows” and “Good Vibrations”). Sadly, his gift started too decline due to drugs and mental illness. We fast forward to the 1980s where Wilson (Cusack) is at an all time low in his life. During this time, Wilson was being mentally and verbally abused by his psychologist, Eugene Landy (a cruel Paul Giamatti), which harmed his stable health. That all changes when Melinda (a wonderful Elizabeth Banks) shows up into Wilson’s life and wants to help him from this abuse. Throughout the film Pohlad mashes both the present and the past of Wilson’s life and brings the audience to a tearful conclusion of the beloved artist.
This is not only a film, but also a journey through the mind of one of the greatest musicians of all time. We get a glimpse of what’s going on inside Wilson’s head and appreciate all of his hard work he has done to the music industry. Without Wilson, there would have been no Beach Boys and that’s a fact. Love & Mercy shows love, music and heartache all in one upbeat vibrating film. Brain Wilson’s legacy shines through the beats and musical tones of this film, giving the audience a satisfying tribute of a passionate artist. Love & Mercy will send you singing and dancing with good vibrations.
Love & Mercy is rated PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned). For thematic elements, drug content and language.
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