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Bill Pohlad Amerika Serikat, 2014

Huey McEvoy's rating of the film Love & Mercy

The parallel timelines work well, at least as an alternative to the usual linear biopic tropes. The segments with Cusack and Banks are perfunctory, workmanlike and a little heavy-handed. By contrast, Paul Dano's performance is extraordinary, fully capturing the frustration of a young man desperately trying to manifest the wonderful music he hears in his head, increasingly obfuscated by louder voices.