Paul Dano and Giamatti save this from completely suffering from mediocre direction, and could’ve been great in the right hands of a great director.
Banks and Cusack are also quite good, but I was way way way more invested in the 60’s storyline.
Love how both time periods compliment each other and how one informs the other.
Like Brian Wilson did in Pet Sounds, the song could contain two instruments being in two different keys at the same time but still work together perfectly (there’s even a scene pointing this out), same goes for this film.
One storyline is in a different key than the other and Dano’s performance is different than Cusacks but they all work in harmony.
Also, the worst part is for sure Giamatti’s wig.