Love and Mercy: The Brian Wilson Sessions

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Another perfect edit. I can't believe that I just now got around to watching this.

I'm a big Beach Boys fan and an even bigger Brian Wilson fan. I feel like he was an under appreciated musical prodigy who was slightly overshadowed by timing.

It must have been quite a thing to be an excellent band making it during the years of Elvis and The Beatles and their respective huge successes.

This edit focuses a lot on that very paradigm. We get to see a frustrated musical genius make one of the greatest albums of all time against all odds.

Fortunately, history and critics have been kind to Pet Sounds and Brian Wilson. We get to remember him for his true genius. This edit is the perfect embodiment of that sentiment and enhances the experience.

We didn't miss Cusack and the alter Brian Wilson.

Great editing from a master editor...as always.

Highly recommended!

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As a huge Beach Boys fan i was very much anticipating this movie and it didn't disappoint, especially as far as biopics go! I thought this was interesting way to watch the film and it's a great 1 hour 12 minutes of time to spend if you just want to see Dano nail the Brian Wilson 1967 story!

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This edit introduced me to the Beach Boys before I even watched it, now they are probably my favourite band!

I consider the theatrical cut to be a great film, much more interesting than the standard "Walk Hard" biopic formula, and the edit on the whole succeeds as a standalone piece. I showed it to someone else fresh and they said that they would have had no idea that it was derived from a longer film.

The only issues for me are that the viewer is now deprived of Paul Giamatti (Marty Wolf taking a dark turn) and that the ending feels somewhat abrupt. While this may just be me being too used to storytelling conventions, somebody less familiar with Brian Wilson's story might wonder what happened in the forty-odd year period between the end scenes and the credits with real-life footage (not that the original is in any way comprehensive).

Great technical quality overall, new edits and integration of deleted scenes not noticeable. Definitely a version that you can show people with no prior knowledge, useful if you need to save 48 minutes!

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This is a superb fanedit. I was let down by "Love & Mercy" simply because John Cusack was completely wrong as Brian Wilson, so I was glad that TM2YC came around and shifted the focus of the film to the heart and soul of it all. And the attention to detail that TM2YC put into this is commendable. Almost any other faneditor might just slap together a handful of Pet Sounds tracks to use here and there, but TM2YC found the exact right version of which tracks to use from the various "Sessions" and "Rarities" collections released through the years. My favorite added bit of music was "Nowhere Man" softly playing in the background in one scene. My ear picked up on that touch and i SMiLED.
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