Movie Review – ‘Love & Mercy’

The duo of Cusack and Dano give viewers the most riveting, chart-topping performances on film since Eddie Redmayne’s Academy Award-winning achievement as Stephen Hawking in last year’s The Theory of Everything.”             – REEL BRIEF.com

Love & Mercy

Love & Mercy stars John Cusack and Elizabeth Banks and is in theaters now.

In 1961, just as a British band set out from Liverpool to begin their “Beatlemania” ascent into international stardom, across the Atlantic Ocean an American version, albeit from California, was formed. Love & Mercy is the gripping and powerful biopic story of Brian Wilson, the singer, songwriter and leader of The Beach Boys. With sensational dual performances by Paul Dano and John Cusack as the younger and older life versions of Wilson, both provide a chilling and fascinating peek into one of music’s most influential creative forces of all time.

The duo of Cusack and Dano give viewers the most riveting, chart-topping performances on film since Eddie Redmayne’s Academy Award-winning achievement as Stephen Hawking in last year’s The Theory of Everything. Together they take us back to the 1960s and 80s, educating audiences on the real life mental and physical struggles of abuse, drug addiction and mental illness. Love & Mercy demonstrates how one young man, with a talent only found in music albums once or twice per generation, transformed dance songs into lyrics and harmony for listening.

This film will shake viewers to their core; a shocking look behind the stage at an American legend with a brilliant mind and ear for music. Likewise, Pitch Perfect 2 director Elizabeth Banks shines brighter and stronger than ever before on camera—beautifully and eloquently offering a calm, steady and understanding support role to Wilson in his darkest moments.  This movie will leave you hearing The Beach Boys’ psychedelic rock in your head and plenty of compassion and sympathy for Wilson in your heart.

Grade: A

“Love & Mercy” is rated PG-13 for thematic elements, drug content and language.  Its running time is 2 hours.

Check out the short trailer for the movie…

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