Golden Globe® nominee John Cusack (Best Actor, High Fidelity, 2001) stars in “one of the best performances of his career” (Hollywood Reporter) alongside Paul Dano (Little Miss Sunshine, Looper) as the troubled musical genius Brian in two pivotal stages of his life – the 1960s at the peak of The Beach Boys fame and 1980s as Brian reclaims his life after a mental breakdown. They are joined by Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games franchise) as Wilson’s present-day wife Melinda and two time Golden Globe® winner Paul Giamatti (Best Actor, Barney’s Version, 2011; Best Actor, John Adams, 2009).
“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.”
“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.”
“It’s like being inside Brian Wilson’s creativity.”
“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.”
“Elizabeth Banks is terrific.”
– Film Journal International
‘Music From LOVE & MERCY,’ the official soundtrack to Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions/River Road’s acclaimed Brian Wilson biopic starring John Cusack and Paul Dano, will be released on CD September 17 by Capitol Records.
Produced by Wilson, the film’s Oscar®-winning score composer Atticus Ross, and the film’s producer and director, Bill Pohlad, ‘Music From LOVE & MERCY’’s 13 tracks include “One Kind of Love,” a ballad written and recorded by Brian Wilson specifically for the film, original Beach Boys classics, Paul Dano’s stirring performance of “God Only Knows” from the film, and original score pieces by Ross. The soundtrack is also available for download purchase from major digital music retailers.
The New York Times:
Love & Mercy Gets Inside Brian Wilson's Head
(includes Director Bill Pohlad narrating a sequence)
On 'Love & Mercy': The disappearance of Living Legends
(includes interviews with Paul Dano, John Cusack, Elizabeth Banks
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
Love & Mercy Channels Brian Wilson's Angels and Demons
The Salt Lake City Tribune:
'Love & Mercy' captures pain and genius of Brian Wilson
'Love & Mercy' Film Review
Consequence of Sound:
Film Review: Love & Mercy
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)
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
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.
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.