Over the weekend I finally got the chance to see LOVE & MERCY, the movie about Brian Wilson, the musical genius who gave the world the music of The Beach Boys.
Prior to seeing the movie, while I had heard rumblings that Brian Wilson was “reclusive” and had had some kind of “emotional difficulties,” I didn’t follow the story all that closely or know too many of the details. The movie covers what happened and it packs a wallop.
John Cusack does a fine job as the troubled Wilson, but the performance to watch is the one by Elizabeth Banks as “Melinda Ledbetter.” The movie is largely shown from her perspective as a chance encounter with him while working in car sales leads to the start of their relationship. The more Melinda Ledbetter finds out about what’s happening with Brian, which is a horror not of his own devising, the more outraged she gets…
As always, I won’t add any “spoilers,” but I will say this: Melinda Ledbetter is a hero. The world needs more women like her. If you’d like to find out why, by all means, see this movie!
Here’s the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lioWzrpCtGQ