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Elizabeth Banks and John Cusack in Love & Mercy
Credit: Francois Duhamel

Love & Mercy

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–

Love & Mercy
2015 movie
type
  • Movie
genre
mpaa
runtime
  • 120 minutes
director

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