Presented by James M. Tate / 6/10/2015 / No comments / 2015 , biopic , john cusack , paul dano
PAUL DANO & JOHN CUSACK AS BRIAN WILSON IN LOVE & MERCY
|2015 rating: **1/2|
Paul Dano does a good job as the young Brian, guiding us through the process of creating a new sound, butting heads with fellow bandmate and stubbornly nostalgic Mike Love, not making him look too good in the process while shedding a worse light on Wilson's bullying father, who eventually sold the Song Rights for pennies…
|Brian Wilson's Sgt Peppers|
Thus the LOVE in LOVE & MERCY is entirely channeled onto classy car saleswoman Monica played by Elizabeth Banks. Her sporadic scenes with Cusack’s vulnerable man-child provides more of a flashback vibe to the 1960’s than vice versa, often making their budding relationship an intrusion rather than a focal point. Meanwhile, we don’t get enough of either time period to put the film into a genuine Rock Biopic category or that of a Disease of the Week/Middle-Aged Romance, which this seems like a watered-down... yet still breezily entertaining... Lifetime Channel version of.