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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Beach Boys frontman Brian Wilson's life seen through the Pet Sounds sessions and his struggles with mental illness in the 1980s. The movie is a little bit fluffier than one would expect for a movie about a mercurial musical genius with a history of substance abuse, but Paul Dano's performance as... Read More »

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.

JCLBrentW Jul 17, 2017

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

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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Sep 15, 2018

Wow, what a disappointing story. This was so depressing. Wish I hadn't watched it. Too weird. Some things in life just shouldn't be made public and the awful truth about Brian Wilson's life is one of them.

Jul 18, 2018

Directed by Bill Pohlad in 2014, this American biopic delves into the life of Brian Willson---the Beach Boys' co-founder and leader who struggles with mental illness during the 1960s and 1980s.
You can see the scenes that closely recreated Wilson's studio recording methods during the making of Pet Sounds (1966).
If you're a Beach Boys' fan, this is a must-see.

May 24, 2018

Rated 5/10. I found this to be an interesting story, as opposed to an "amazing" one, which was the way it was described on the DVD cover.

The acting was nothing special, other than the role Elizabeth Banks played. She was great!

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.

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.

Apr 09, 2018

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

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.

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.

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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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!
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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