Love & Mercy: The Movie

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Brian featured on CBS "This Morning" on July 20, 2015

For half a century, Beach Boys songs like "Fun, Fun, Fun" have promised unending summers of fun in the sun. But that is not at all like the life Brian Wilson actually led for many years. Anthony Mason interviews the singer-songwriter, who for years suffered from depression and drugs.

LOVE & MERCY presents 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.

“Paul Dano delivers an astonishing performance as the younger version of Brian Wilson, with John Cusack playing him in the later years, a gambit that pays off handsomely in a production that reflects Wilson’s blaring imagination with its own ingenious structure, visual approach, sound design and poetic sensibility.”
– The Washington Post 

“A deeply satisfying pop biopic. John Cusack gives one of the best performances of his career.”
– Hollywood Reporter 

“It’s a refreshing surprise to find LOVE & MERCY, a story about the pop icon Brian Wilson from two ends of his life, break the mold and even invigorate the form.”
– Los Angeles Times 

“For Beach Boys fans this will be an obvious must-see.”
– JoBlo 

“Paul Dano and John Cusack both do sterling work as the two halves of this broken soul, drawing us in and making us care, so that when we do finally get a chance to see the real Brian Wilson.”
– Hitfix 

“It’s like being inside Brian Wilson’s creativity.”
– Indiewire 

“As conceived and written by veteran filmmaker Oren Moverman (Bob Dylan film I'm Not There, most pertinently), the fact-based LOVE & MERCY intercuts two tracks of Wilson’s life. In so doing, LOVE & MERCY achieves the improbable: make a music biopic circa 2015 fresh and interesting.”
– Los Angeles Times 

“Paul Giamatti is marvelously monomaniacal as Eugene Landy.”
– Elle

“Elizabeth Banks is terrific.”
–  Film Journal International 

Love & Mercy Latest Reviews

The New York Times:
Love & Mercy Gets Inside Brian Wilson's Head
(includes Director Bill Pohlad narrating a sequence)

Love & Mercy Does Justice to the Brilliance of Brian Wilson

On 'Love & Mercy': The disappearance of Living Legends
(includes interviews with Paul Dano, John Cusack, Elizabeth Banks

Love & Mercy: Brian Wilson's Life as a Gorgeous, Tragic Fable of Pop Genius

The Wall Street Journal:
'Love & Mercy' Review: A Man and His Music

Brian Wilson, Revisited

San Francisco Gate:
Love & Mercy Wilson Biopic a Great Movie about an Artist

Washington Post:
Love & Mercy Channels Brian Wilson's Angels and Demons

The Salt Lake City Tribune:
'Love & Mercy' captures pain and genius of Brian Wilson

Brian Wilson's Music Genius, Mental Issues are Focus of 'Love & Mercy' Biopic

Hollywood Reporter:
'Love & Mercy' Film Review

Consequence of Sound:
Film Review: Love & Mercy

Chicago Tribune:
Love & Mercy Review: Brian Wilson Biopic Sings

No Concessions: Love & Mercy

'Love & Mercy' brings Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson's auditory hallucinations to life on screen
(Includes interview with Director Bill Pohlad)
Love & Mercy: Brian Wilson's Good, and Bad, Vibrations

Brian Wilson Biopic Delivers Good Vibrations in Harrowing Study of Musical Genius

The New York Times:
Dano, Cusack Hit the Right Notes in Love & Mercy

Under the Gun:
'Love & Mercy' is the best film of 2015 so far

The New Yorker:
Love & Mercy Review

Orlando Weekly:
Beach Boys Biopic Love & Mercy explores the highs and low of Brian Wilson

A Simplified Brian Wilson in Love & Mercy

June 4: Listen to Brian Wilson on World Cafe

You'd think it would be difficult for Brian Wilson to pick his favorite Beach Boys song, but he's decisive: It's "God Only Knows." In this conversation on World Cafe, he also says that while he loves the new Wilson biopic Love & Mercy (out Friday), there are parts that were hard for him to watch.

The full conversation is at the audio link at left. You'll also hear music from Wilson's new solo album, No Pier Pressure, plus extraordinary exclusive live performances of Beach Boys classics.

June 4: Brian & Melinda visit "The View"

Click above to view Brian & Melinda's appearance on "The View" on June 4, 2015. Below: Brian & Melinda backstage and with Whoopi Goldberg and Nicolle Wallace after the taping.

The "Love & Mercy" Premiere was held at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, California on Tuesday June 2, 2015. Following is a gallery of images. Click on the slides to view larger versions.