Melinda (Elizabeth Banks) works as car saleswoman and one day, a guy (John Cusack) strolls into her shop, interested to buy. Turns out, he is Brian Wilson, formerly of The Beach Boys. Brian seems a little off and is accompanied by two bodyguards and a doctor – Eugene (Paul Giamatti). Nevertheless he manages to pass on a message, a cry for help, to Melinda. Even when he was young, Brian (Paul Dano) has had mental health issues, but now he seems completely under Eugene’s control – and apparently not doing very well.
Love & Mercy has an interesting structure and a cast that absolutely shines. I was completely immersed in the story. Yet it is also interesting to think about what has been left out of the story.
Heidi (Sheri Moon Zombie) is a radio DJ in Salem – as in the witch trials. One day she receives a mysterious package with an even more mysterious record in it, a song by The Lords, subsequently known as The Lords of Salem. But there’s more to that record than just good marketing and the song starts triggering massive events.
There were quite a few things that I liked about this movie, but I have to say that I didn’t enjoy it as much as I could have because the soundediting drove me infuckingsane. I spent large portions of the film with my ears covered.
Towards the end of the Civil War, the dead start to rise and throw the US into ruin. Edward Young (Mark Gibson) returns home to find his wife (un)dead and his son missing. He searches for his son, but in the end, can only save him from being a zombie. Otherwise at a complete loss, he decides to take the ashes of his son to the other end of the US, to a place they talked about before. Of course, a cross-country teck through a zombie-infested area is not easily done.
I had high hopes for this film – I just love the concept of historical zombies. Unfortunately, the movie really is boring beyond compare. It is astonishing how boring a movie can be, really.