Movies Watched -- Love & Mercy

Added on by C. Maoxian.

121 minutes, so at least 20 to 30 minutes too long. It's about Brian Wilson, leader of the Beach Boys. Movie is split between the 60s, where some mop-haired kid plays Wilson, and the 80s, where John Cusack plays Wilson. The kid who plays him isn't bad but John Cusack is a disaster. Wesley Morris, in his brilliant review, gets Cusack exactly right when he says, "it’s like watching a movie star have a bad Ambien reaction."

There are a few songs from the Beach Boys I like, probably half a dozen, and I wasn't thrilled with Pet Sounds, I'm not a "fan," I don't know the backstory of Brian Wilson. But it was sort of interesting, both the tortured youth aspect, and the post-heavy drug abuse / mentally ill adult being imprisoned by his shrink (played by Tiny Giamatti in a wig). I should say that I watched it on 2x fast forward, and I fear that I'll do that a lot from now on.  If you're a Baby Boomer who loved the Beach Boys, then you should see it, but for everyone else it gets only a yellow (consider) rating from me. 

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