Love & Mercy

Love & Mercy

Blu-ray Disc - 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.
Publisher: Santa Monica, California :, Lionsgate,, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 122 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
digital,optical,surround,5.1 DTS-HD MA,rda
video file,Blu-Ray,region A,rda
Alternative Title: Love and mercy

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lukasevansherman
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.

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nw_writer
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.

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Nooksack20
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.

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greatflicks
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.

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JackamoJames
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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cjhulse
Jan 25, 2017

must see, especially for anyone who has observed bi-polar patients.

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andr3wr3na
Dec 19, 2016

definitely a must-see for music geeks.

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BridgettM
Aug 07, 2016

You will like Love & Mercy much more if you are a music geek. If you're not one, it may just be more than you ever wanted to know about Brian Wilson. Paul Dano and John Cusack are both great as Brian Wilson. Love & Mercy is rated PG-13 for thematic elements, drug content and language.

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jimg2000
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!
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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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