Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Love & Mercy Review: A Soothing Biographical Drama
As noted, Love & Mercy deals with two points in Brian Wilson' life. First there is Brian as young man (portrayed by Paul Dano). As Brian tries to develop new songs for the band, certain issue begin to occur; like Brian's conflict with the band and his impending mental break. The second point of the story is a middle age Brian (portrayed by John Cusack) who meets his second wife Melinda (Elizabeth Banks). As the two starts dating, Melinda shows concern for Brian as his psychologist Eugene Landy (Paul Giamatti) is not giving Brian the proper treatment.
When it comes to biographical dramas, Love & Mercy is definitely one of a kind. The movie depicts the life of Brian Wilson in a way that does the musician justice; all while making the Beach Boy's story an engaging cinematic experience. Even with some of the more typical directions of biographical drama, Love & Mercy manages to make this genre's common traits refreshing to see as it shows that you do not even need to be a Beach Boy fan to find this movie engaging.