Love & Mercy (2014)

Starring John Cusack and Paul Dano, both as Brian Wilson, the leader and co-founder of the famous rock group, The Beach Boys. The film is a biopic taking place in two time periods of Brian’s life focused mostly on the relationships that he builds rather than his musical success. The film is presented in Brian Wilson’s perspective as a partially deaf and mentally ill person. Viewers get to see and hear what his world is like.

The biopic toggles between the two time-periods exploring his musical creativity and fragile mind in his younger years (played by Dano) and his restrained personality due the disgusting oppression of his abusive psychotherapist, Landy in the latter period (played by Cusack). Being at the mercy of his psychotherapist, he becomes insecure and loses the creativity he once had. Viewers get a back and forth comparison between who Brian used to be and who he has become.

Reasons to watch high: You are high and your senses are heightened. As you get comfy on the theatre seat, your ears begin to ring, slowly it fades into silence. You hear a sound, it gets louder and louder until it becomes unbearable. Suddenly, you get a sense of what it feels like to be deaf. The overwhelming drumming in your ears followed by the silence of your thoughts, keeps you mindlessly starring at the theatre screen, thinking, about nothing.

I particularly loved the voices inside Brian’s head and the moments of silence during his panic attacks. During those scenes, I felt as though I was in the movie. After watching this movie, dining never sounded the same.

Love & Mercy is amazing when watched high but it must watched in theatres or with headphones on.

Trippy Movie: Must watch in theatres or with headphones.