Paul Dano

'Love & Mercy': A worthy musical biopic ignored

'Love & Mercy': A worthy musical biopic ignored

It's in theaters, and only recently in wide release. But up against the monster hits "Jurassic World" and "Inside Out" a modestly scaled winner such as "Love & Mercy" has had a difficult time getting noticed this summer. It's not fair. Director Bill Pohlad's film about Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, his rise and fall and resurrection, is the most interesting musical biopic in years, even decades. Its storytelling offers plenty of dramatic access points, whether you're into "Pet Sounds" or not, yet the script does not recycle the usual formulas in the usual chronological fashion. In large ways and small, the film explores...