Love & Mercy

Love & Mercy

DVD - 2015
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An unconventional portrait of Brian Wilson, the mercurial singer, songwriter and leader of The Beach Boys. Set against the era defining catalog of Wilson's music, the film intimately examines the personal voyage and ultimate salvation of the icon whose success came at extraordinary personal cost.
Publisher: [United States] :, Lionsgate,, [2015]
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE Love 2014
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (103 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
digital, optical, surround, Dolby digital 5.1, rda
video file, DVD video, rda
Alternative Title: Love and mercy [DVD]

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JCLMargaretO Oct 05, 2017

I've always loved the music of the Beach Boys, but wasn't aware of their personal lives, especially that of Brian Wilson. So heartbreaking, yet successful in spite of it all. You'll never listen to their music the same way again.

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JCLBrentW Jul 17, 2017

This was actually the best film of 2015. Paul Dano is especially good.

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JCLKatieS Apr 02, 2016

This movie rubbed me the wrong way. The story was good but how it was done was a little too unconventional for my taste. There was a lot of jumping back and forth with pretty intense sound bites that were intended to be the noise in Brian Wilson's head and while Paul Dano did a great job at portr... Read More »


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JOSEPH SARDO
Apr 23, 2018

Another good "music movie" that satisfies my desire to simultaneously enjoy a good movie and be exposed on a deeper level to music or a musician that was perhaps before my time or I didn't know much about. I found the scenes with the "young Brian" were compelling, fascinating, and interesting (esp as a music-lover) and the arc with the "old Brian" were good as well as we face issues of corruption and post-career hopes and dreams.

I appreciated and enjoyed the sympathy, love, and compassion shown by the female lead to the aging Brian.

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Les_J
Apr 15, 2018

From the books, magazines, newspaper articles, and discussions in other movies and documentaries I know on the history of The Beach Boys and Brian Wilson, this is accurate, though I agree with others, sort of underwhelming, even if it touches on all the main points.
The Bonus Features are pretty good.
John Cusack and Paul Dano portrayed Brian Wilson (as old and young) excellently.
Paul Giamatti did a great job as the manipulative psychiatrist that held power over Brian for years.

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gingin1972
Apr 09, 2018

It was alright but nothing special! I never knew Brian Wilson had such trouble!!

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lavasushi
Mar 28, 2018

Paul Dano (Brian Wilson) didn’t give me a convincing performance. He seemed lost and simple. His cousin was a gothic drag. I appreciate the musical genius that they tried to convey. Interesting to see how his music came about and his background. I think I wanted more of a biopic than a Hollywood reenactment. Still not sure what Brian Wilson’s diagnosis is: Schizophrenia? Autism? Paranoid? Scared of his creepy dad? Too many anti-psychotic drugs? I am confused why we let our musical genius’s, i.e. Elvis, Brian Wilson, Prince, Michael Jackson, etc., be treated by quack doctors. Don’t get that.

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gurujr
Feb 05, 2018

The movie is a gem. Life and times of Brian Wilson. Paul Dano could've played Brian Wilson from young to old without any problems but John Cusak did a pretty nice job too. Paul Giamatti as Eugene Landy and Elizabeth Banks as Melinda gave very strong performances.

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TheeAvebury
Oct 19, 2017

This is a good film about the chief songwriter for the Beach Boys- Brian Wilson. It follows him at the apex of his abilities as a songwriter, to the period later in his life when he struggled with mental problems. Both Paul Dano and John Cusack give good performances as Wilson.

JCLMargaretO Oct 05, 2017

I've always loved the music of the Beach Boys, but wasn't aware of their personal lives, especially that of Brian Wilson. So heartbreaking, yet successful in spite of it all. You'll never listen to their music the same way again.

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lukasevansherman
Sep 04, 2017

This well-meaning, but so-so biopic of head Beach Boy Brian Wilson (Or beach man as he once insisted to his overbearing father.) tries to tell two distinct stories, one about his brilliant work in the 60s, in which he's played by Paul Dano, and one about the woman (Elizabeth Banks) who saves him from his manipulative, malicious shrink (Paul Giamatti). In the this story he's played by John Cusack, who looks nothing like Wilson. There are good moments (especially when Wilson is working) and the acting is good, but it's uneven and tries to cover too much material. I actually would have preferred a straight documentary. For more about Wilson's mental health issues and musical genius, there's Peter Ames Carlin's book "Catch a Wave." God only knows if this movie could've been better.

JCLBrentW Jul 17, 2017

This was actually the best film of 2015. Paul Dano is especially good.

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nw_writer
Jun 26, 2017

A compelling, well-acted biopic, though Beach Boys fans, approach with caution: Despite the sunny packaging, this is not a fun celebration of the band's career. Rather, it's a pretty bleak, intense portrayal of the sad and tormented life of Brian Wilson. The music provides some relief - what a thrill to witness the creation of those harmonies - but you pay for it by having to watch Wilson and the group fall apart. Rock history buffs will be intrigued by the story behind the recording of Pet Sounds; fans looking to hum along with all those great Beach Boys songs about summer and surfing and cars would be better off popping in an album.

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jimg2000
Mar 06, 2016

Wilson on "The Wrecking Crew," (excellent documentary 2015 film for 60's & 70's pop music fans:)
Wilson: I want you to meet Tony Asher. Tony Asher, this is Hal Blaine. The greatest drummer working today. And you never heard of him, have you? ... the whole band.
I mean, they're probably... the best in the business, but they're studio musicians... so nobody's ever heard of them. It's crazy!
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A Wrecking Crew member to Wilson:
Chuck: Let me tell you something. We're all pros, you know? We've played with everyone. Heard it all. You name them, we've played with them. Sinatra, Dean Martin... Elvis, Phil Spector... Sam Cooke, everyone! And we all studied in goddamn
conservatories, for Christ's sake. But... but you... you got to know... that you're touched, kid. You've blown our minds.
Wison: More than Phil Spector?
Chuck: Ah, Phil's got nothing on you.

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