Get ready for a trippy, sometimes horrific ride.
While you may think Love & Mercy is a biopic about the sun-filled happy times of the Beach Boys is anything but that.
The Bill Poland-directed film, which opens tomorrow and is already picking up some Oscar talk, tells the real story behind the group's genius, Brian Wilson, his mental illness, drug problem, his father's physical and emotional abuse and the years he spent under the control of a twisted Svengali-like therapist named Eugene Landy.
"I'm scared and nervous as hell," Wilson's daughter Carnie Wilson told me earlier this week at the movie's L.A. premiere at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater. "It's just emotional. The whole thing is emotional."
Wilson was eventually able to get his life back in 1992 after his girlfriend (and future second wife) Melinda Ledbetter (Elizabeth Banks) encouraged his family to go to court to remove Landy (Paul Giamatti) as his legal guardian.
Paul Dano plays Wilson in his younger years and Cusack plays him during the 1980s.