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'Love & Mercy': EW review

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Francois Duhamel

Love & Mercy

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
120 minutes
Wide Release Date:
06/05/15
performer:
Elizabeth Banks, John Cusack, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti
director:
Bill Pohlad
genre:
Biography, Drama, Music

We gave it a C-

Director Bill Pohlad’s schizophrenic biopic of the Beach Boys’ troubled genius, Brian Wilson, is two movies in one. Unfortunately, only one of them works. Paul Dano summons Wilson’s inner angels and demons as the musician in the ’60s, when a burst of otherworldly inspiration led to his kaleidoscopic masterpiece, Pet Sounds. Too bad the story keeps lurching to the ’80s, where Wilson’s played by John Cusack as a basket case/drug casualty being swindled by a controlling charlatan (Paul Giamatti). Cusack’s scenes are so inert and his performance is so mannered, God only knows what he was thinking. C–

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