Love and Mercy focusses on two parts of Brian Wilson's life: His creative genius and eventual breakdown in the 1960's, and a difficult period of his life in the 1980's when he was under the care of psychotherapist Eugene Landy. The movie portrays Landy as being abusive and totally controlling of Wilson. Landy eventually lost his psychotherapy license in the state of California due to ethical violations in his treatment of Wilson. Despite these problems, Brian Wilson thinks that Eugene Landy helped him.
The movie portrays Brian Wilson's early romantic relationship with Melinda Ledbetter, who helped him break away from Landy, and later became his wife and manager. The couple adopted five children.
Paul Dano and John Cusack both give great performances as Wilson.
This is a very good biopic, and mostly accurate according to Wilson. The movie provides insight into The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, and the creative process. The film makes you want to download The Beach Boys songs.
I wanted to see Love and Mercy when it came out in the theater, but I got busy and it didn't stay in my local theater very long. Afterwards, I didn't want to drive 50 miles to see the movie, so instead I watched it the first day it came out on DVD.
Rating: * * * .5