Love and Mercy [Blu-ray] [2014]

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (119 out of 126)

    Synopsis


    Love & Mercy
    Bill Pohlad's Love & Mercy, a biopic of Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson, focuses on two distinct periods in the songwriter's life. One timeline follows Wilson (played as a younger man by Paul Dano) as he quits performing live in order to focus on the creation of the album Pet Sounds, the single "Good Vibrations," and the eventually discarded album Smile. During this period of intense work, Wilson's mental-health issues grow worse. The other section of the film features John Cusack as an older Wilson, as he attempts to escape the influence of a manipulative doctor (Paul Giamatti) who has become a totalitarian guru to him. Helping him in this endeavor is a car saleswoman named Melinda (Elizabeth Banks). Love & Mercy screened at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Paul Dano
      Paul Dano - Brian Wilson
    • Elizabeth Banks
      Elizabeth Banks - Melinda Ledbetter
    • John Cusack
      John Cusack - Brian Wilson
    • Paul Giamatti
      Paul Giamatti - Dr. Eugene Landy
    • Brett Davern
      Brett Davern - Carl Wilson



    Customer rating

    4.5
    95%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Very good movie.

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      ECRider
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      I missed this in theaters, and was keen to see it. While neither Paul Dano or John Cusak remotely resemble Brian Wilson physically, they are both terrific and quite believable playing the young and middle aged troubled pop star. Paul Giamatti is known for playing misanthropes and pr--ks and he does a superb job portraying the greedy charlatan eugene landy (a genuine a----le and unethical bas---td). Elizabeth Banks is quite good in her role as Wilson's girl friend and "savior". The music is classic Beach Boys and wisely they used the actual tracks for most of it, rather than trying to re-record these Wilson creations. An unusual treatment for a rock bio-pic. Recommended.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Learned a lot about the Wilson family.

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      Suzanna23
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      A very empathetic story of Beach Boy Brian Wilson. It covered their start, one young actor plays him then; John Cusack plays the adult Brian. We see how he had physical, brain, problems and how a bad Dr. Makes it worse. Thank gig his girlfriend (who later becomes his 2nd wife) fought to rid Brian of that mad doctor. A highlight is the 'young'actors do the actual singing in the studio. And the ones playing Dennis Wilson and Mike Love just nail the real-life guys. Now I want to re-listen to later Beach Boys music, I've grown new appreciation of it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Fantastic Film For Beach Boys/Brian Wilson Fans

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      Mike
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      Finally the mystery behind the Beach Boys and what happened to Brian and the others is revealed. Brian's genius is uncovered, astounding talent in spite of his abusive father. Superb acting, showing us a young Brian's climb to success and parallel mental illness, and switches back and forth to his time in recovery. Beach Boy fans will love the songs and appreciate knowing what happened to probably the most talented songwriter in rock and Roll history.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A movie that shows how close genius is to madness

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      CJBB
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      Brian Wilson wrote most of the songs for the Beach Boys. He heard music in his head that turned into great hits and some failures. But he was the driving force for Pet Sounds - the Beach Boys masterpiece. The movie is split into early life and mid life, portrayed by 2 different actors. Yet it works. It helps you understand his greatness, and his difficulties with drugs, family and life. A great movie everyone who is interested in music or great acting should see.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The life of Brian Wilson, warts and all!

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      DJRay
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      The life and music of Beach Boy Brian Wilson has never been explored in quite the way it has been in this new movie "Love And Mercy". The story about this musical genius , (Paul Dano plays the young Brian while John Cusack takes on the older version), is a "warts and all" telling of his life so far. Paul Giamatti plays Dr. Eugene Landy to great effect and Elizabeth Banks is perfect as the woman who eventually rescues Brian from his control.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      One of the best musical biopics in a while.

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      Ryan129
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      I went into this movie expecting absolutely nothing. I was blown away. I have never really listened to the beach boys prior to watch this film but after seeing the movie, I couldn't stop listening to the beach boys for a while. The story is intriguing and just keeps you hooked almost the entire time. It is definitely worth a watch, and even a blind buy. 10/10 definitely would recommend.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Sad but good story

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      TechLady2
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      Love & Mercy was truly a sad story but one most of us know. It provided a look into the troubled life of the Beach Boy genius. For me, since I had some touch with the music business, it was worth seeing but for others it may be either troubling or too depressing. I thought it depicted the life of Brian Wilson and his story accurately. I recommend it to those who loved his music.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great music movie.

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      eddieg69
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      About the genius Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, does anymore need to be said. Great music soundtrack. The movie can be a little sad but good and love (definitely not Mike) triumph in the end. The two actors portraying Brian do excellent work. The movie very effectively jumps back and forth between two stages in his life. Very highly recommended, especially for music fans.

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