Interesting choice to cast two different actors to play the same person 20 years apart. It was clearly the best thing to do, but I’m just not quite sure that the choices made were the right ones.Paul Dano’s awkward brilliance was perfect, but although John Cusack wasn’t bad, I think he was the wrong selection.
Brian Wilson’s story is a fascinating one; much more complex than I had realised. The soundtrack is sublime (in addition to The Beach Boys’ own work, the score by Atticus Ross is mesmerising) and the credit sequence pulls it all together much better than the section towards the end which tries to join up the various incarnations of Brian Wilson.
It may be a little churlish to suggest it was a tad too long, but one thing’s for sure – I’m off to revisit Pet Sounds in a hurry.