Love & Mercy

by Alan Rapp on January 5, 2016

in Home Video

  • Title: Love & Mercy
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Love & MercyLove & Mercy gives us two separate looks at the life of Brian Wilson (played by Paul Dano in the 1960s and John Cusack in the 80s). While the past deals with the beginning of Wilson’s mental instability the later storyline picks up years later with Wilson being taken advantage of by therapist Dr. Eugene Landy (Paul Giamatti).

Although both stories are interesting by themselves, for me the two parts never came together. Dano is intriguing as the younger version, especially while struggling to create Pet Sounds. Cusack’s doped-up older version of the musician is far less interesting, but that plotline does give us Elizabeth Banks in one of the actress’ best performances. Several pieces and performances of Love & Mercy work well, including how director Bill Pohlad incorporates the Beach Boys‘ music, but the script struggles to merge the two-parts into a compelling whole while simplifying Wilson’s mental illness and Landy’s villainy for dramatic effect.

Available on both Blu-ray and DVD, extras include a digital copy of the movie, deleted scenes, a behind-the-scenes making-of featurette, archival footage and interviews of Brian Wilson, and commentary by Pohlad and screenwriter Oren Moverman.

[Lionsgate, Blu-ray $24.99 / DVD $19.98]

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