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‘Love & Mercy:’ The unbearable exhaustion of being Brian Wilson (Our grade: B)

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Paul Giamatti, John Cusack and Elizabeth Banks star in “Love and Mercy,” the Beach Boys biopic.
Paul Giamatti, John Cusack and Elizabeth Banks star in “Love and Mercy,” the Beach Boys biopic.

Paul Giamatti, John Cusack and Elizabeth Banks star in “Love and Mercy,” the Beach Boys biopic.

Both literally and figuratively, Brian Wilson had a sound in his head. Sometimes it was a sound of terrifying beauty. Sometimes it was just terrifying.

In Bill Pohlad’s “Love & Mercy,” the new Brian Wilson biopic, Paul Dano, all side-combed hair and striped T-shirts, plays the ’60s era Wilson, when the gorgeous outweighed the terrifying. Skip ahead 20 years and Wilson is played (at least lookswise) with a very Chevy-Chase-as-Gerald-Ford vibe by John Cusack. This is the mid-’80s, when the terror in Wilson’s head outweighed the beauty.

» Read full review on MyStatesman.com | Find showtimes for “Love & Mercy”


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