Just saw "Love and Mercy," director Bill Pohlad's brilliant biopic of Beach Boy Brian Wilson's struggles. Paul Dano delivers Wilson in the 1960's, while John Cusack embodies the older Wilson, both beautifully. (An Academy Award for multiple actors playing the same character in a single film may be due.) The brave and determined Melinda Ledbetter (Elizabeth Banks) lifts Wilson from a hell that includes Paul Giamatti as one of the creepiest characters of the year. Another well cast tyrant is Wilson's father Murry (Bill Camp). And, oh, the music - some amazing scenes of the creative genius (and teamwork) that led to those unforgettable sounds of the Beach Boys.
Knowing that the real Brian and Melinda helped inform and refine the film made it all the more meaningful. Just see it!