Love & Mercy: The Movie About Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys

LOVE & MERCY: a movie about Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys.

LOVE & MERCY: a fascinating movie about Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys.

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

Paul Dano and John Cusack play Brian Wilson at different ages; Elizabeth Banks plays the wonderful Melinda Ledbetter.

Paul Dano and John Cusack play Brian Wilson at different ages; Elizabeth Banks plays the wonderful Melinda Ledbetter.

 

 

 

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