PG-13 | | Biography, Drama, Music
In the 60s, Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson struggles with emerging psychosis as he attempts to craft his avant-garde pop masterpiece. In the 80s, he is a broken, confused man under the 24-hour watch of shady therapist Dr. Eugene Landy.
Paul Dano and John Cusack were Bill Pohlad's first choices to play Brian Wilson. Responding to some criticism over Cusack's physical resemblance to Wilson, Pohlad said that Cusack looked like Wilson during a very particular era, specifically when Wilson appeared in the documentary "Brian Wilson: I Just Wasn't Made for These Times (1995)."
God only knows what I'd be without you.
In the credits the listing for the song 'Sloop John B' says "Written by Brian Wilson". In fact Wilson's version was inspired by the Kingston Trio's 1958 version, and the song itself is a traditional folk song from the Bahamas. There is a transcription of the song dating to 1916..
First, there's concert footage of the recent Brian Wilson, himself, singing "Love & Mercy", and then at the very end there is audio of a brief recreated studio recording of Good Vibrations, with '60s Brian leading the dialogue.
The version which premiered at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival and a few subsequent public screenings contained a few extra scenes, such as an "I Get Around" studio sequence, and a scene where Wilson meets Phil Spector on the street. The closing song "One Kind of Love" was also absent from this cut.
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