Love & Mercy

Love & Mercy

Love & Mercy

The life of reclusive Beach Boys singer-songwriter Brian Wilson, played by both Paul Dano and John Cusack. From Wilson's genre-defining album Pet Sounds to his nervous breakdown and treatment by the controversial psychotherapist Dr. Eugene Landy (Paul Giamatti), who became excessively entangled in Wilson’s private life.

Dano (There Will Be Blood) and Cusack (High Fidelity) play the young and old Wilson respectively, while Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games) is Wilson's second and current wife, Melinda Ledbetter. This is the first film directed by Bill Pohlad for over 20 years, his producing credits include 12 Years A Slave, The Tree Of Life and Brokeback Mountain.

2014Rating: M, Mature themes, drug use and coarse language121 minsUSA
DramaMusicTrue Story & Biography
93%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Flicks, Steve Newall

Flicks, Steve Newall

flicks

A fascinating life does not necessarily a fascinating biopic make. Thankfully Love & Mercy zeroes in on two specific phases of Beach Boy Brian Wilson’s troubled life, sparing us the dreary chore of ticking off all significant events along the way. Relief also comes by way of casting, with no prosthetics or uncanny valley CGI required to bring younger and older versions of Wilson to life.

4.0
0

Well worth seeing,

especially if you grew up in the world of surf sounds, beaches(even tho there's no real beach scenes here) and pop music of the 60's & 70's.

4.0
0

structure, structure, structure...

The structure of the film is two-timeline parallel unfolding, however the two don't interact with each other, making the film very loose and unappealing.

3.0
0

Paul Dano masterclass

This is not your usual biopic, far more interesting than the cradle-to-grave go to story. Paul Dano is fantastic, outdoing John Cusack IMO. Recommended.

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

A wonderfully innervating cure for the common musical biopic...

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Does an exquisite job with the interior spaces: cozy vocal booths, locked-off bedrooms, air-conditioned safety zones.

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

It's a loving tribute to the Beach Boys and the man responsible for their distinctive sound, but it goes to deeper and stranger places than most movies of its kind.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Wilson's life has been unusually rich. This biopic, like any biopic, is a cocktail of fact and myth. It's very sensitive to its subject, which can sometimes leave it feeling slight.

3.0
0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

An earnest attempt to convey the essential truth of Wilson’s extraordinary career and difficult life animates both halves of the film, and both performances.

0
SBS

SBS

press

The Dano sequences also benefit enormously from the dense sound collages created by composer Atticus Ross and utilised by director Bill Pohlad to dramatise Wilson's inner turmoil.

0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Musically, the film is a miracle, right and riveting in every detail.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A deeply satisfying pop biopic whose subject's bifurcated creative life lends itself to an unconventional structure.

0
Flicks, Steve Newall

Flicks, Steve Newall

flicks

A fascinating life does not necessarily a fascinating biopic make. Thankfully Love & Mercy zeroes in on two specific phases of Beach Boy Brian Wilson’s troubled life, sparing us the dreary chore of ticking off all significant events along the way. Relief also comes by way of casting, with no prosthetics or uncanny valley CGI required to bring younger and older versions of Wilson to life.

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

A wonderfully innervating cure for the common musical biopic...

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Does an exquisite job with the interior spaces: cozy vocal booths, locked-off bedrooms, air-conditioned safety zones.

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

It's a loving tribute to the Beach Boys and the man responsible for their distinctive sound, but it goes to deeper and stranger places than most movies of its kind.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Wilson's life has been unusually rich. This biopic, like any biopic, is a cocktail of fact and myth. It's very sensitive to its subject, which can sometimes leave it feeling slight.

3.0
0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

An earnest attempt to convey the essential truth of Wilson’s extraordinary career and difficult life animates both halves of the film, and both performances.

0
SBS

SBS

press

The Dano sequences also benefit enormously from the dense sound collages created by composer Atticus Ross and utilised by director Bill Pohlad to dramatise Wilson's inner turmoil.

0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Musically, the film is a miracle, right and riveting in every detail.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A deeply satisfying pop biopic whose subject's bifurcated creative life lends itself to an unconventional structure.

0

Well worth seeing,

especially if you grew up in the world of surf sounds, beaches(even tho there's no real beach scenes here) and pop music of the 60's & 70's.

4.0
0

structure, structure, structure...

The structure of the film is two-timeline parallel unfolding, however the two don't interact with each other, making the film very loose and unappealing.

3.0
0

Paul Dano masterclass

This is not your usual biopic, far more interesting than the cradle-to-grave go to story. Paul Dano is fantastic, outdoing John Cusack IMO. Recommended.

4.0
0