It's never easy to compress something as complicated and multifaceted as someone's life and legacy into a story of 2 hours. Love & Mercy proves that once again. Wilson's life, with all of it's genius songwriting and paranoia, is squeezed into a oversimplified tale of good guys and bad guys (with Mike Love and Dr. Landy obviously being the latter).
Sure, the film gets a lot of the details right, from plenty of accurate anecdotes and musical technicalities right down to…
The situation of this family is a great find, and a unique film subject. Unfortunately, the movie struggles to enchant all the way through, and it definitely fails to reveal a deeper layer or meaning of any kind. And that could work for a short doc of 30 minutes or so. But the story, as it is presented now, is simply too thin to fill up 90 minutes.
If only the director of this film would've insisted on the discipline that Fletcher demands of his students.
As a musician (drummer actually) I'm always a bit put off by actors not syncing up the music they pretend to play.
Since this film is about drumming, I hoped they'd put some extra effort in making it appear that the musicians actually play what I'm hearing.
I must admit Teller mimics it pretty well, but it's just annoying to see him…