Chicago Dissolvers, hope your emailing fingers are nimble. Next Monday, May 18 at Music Box Theatre at 7 p.m., The Dissolve is offering tickets to see the Brian Wilson biopic Love And Mercy. Great, you’re thinking, a chance to see an acclaimed film about a music legend early and for free. But wait there’s more: Brian Wilson himself will be in attendance, along with John Cusack, who plays Wilson in a latter stage of his life and career. And yours truly will be moderating the Q&A after the screening.
Tickets to this event are limited and likely to go fast, so put in your requests for you and a guest now by emailing RSVP@pitchfork.com with the subject line “Love And Mercy.” And if you’re lucky enough to get a ticket, seats are not guaranteed, so please show up nice and early to make sure you’re included.
One of the most admired films to come out of last year’s Toronto Film Festival, Love And Mercy takes a clever approach to the biopic, casting two different actors to play the same man at different points in his life. Paul Dano plays Wilson in the 1960s, as a songwriter and musician who suffers a breakdown after leading his hit-making band, The Beach Boys, and retreats to the studio to record his magnum opus, Pet Sounds. Cusack plays him in the 1980s as a middle-aged man whose fragile psyche is exploited by the influence of a therapist named Dr. Eugene Landy (Paul Giamatti). His salvation falls to Melinda Ledbetter (Elizabeth Banks), a Cadillac saleswoman who’s determined to bring him out from under Landy’s spell. Here’s the trailer: