The banality of brilliance: what Love & Mercy gets right about the depiction of genius

By choosing to make the filmĀ Love & Mercy, a mostly factual retelling of the life of Beach Boys frontman Brian Wilson, director Bill Pohlad and screenwriters Oren Moverman and Michael A. Lerner chose to bear an unenviable responsibility: translating for the screen the dazzling creative brilliance of one of music’s most revered figures.

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