Saw the new Brian Wilson biopic last night. I actually hadn't particularly wanted to figuring I was already so familiar with his story that it wouldn't be that interesting.
But watching it, I had the opposite reaction: it was gratifying to see that the filmmakers didn't take any liberties, and faithfully represented his life just as it was. Cutting back and forth between the older and younger Wilson worked, too.
Paul Dano did a fantastic job as the young Wilson, John Cusack a good job as the older version. Wilson's father Murray was portrayed as the bullying taskmaster he was. And Dr. Eugene Landy was shown as the sociopathic leech he was. (Paul Giamatti is fearless about playing loathsome.)
Making a movie about a genius -- as opposed to an action hero -- is difficult, because it's hard to dramatize thoughts coming out of someone's head. But the recording sessions with the studio musicians captured Wilson's creativity and perfectionism, and the movie hinted at the way other musicians were in awe of him after Pet Sounds came out.
Not the most exciting movie ever, but if you're already in awe of Wilson's music, it's worth seeing.