Right now we are in the midst of the Summer movie bonanza. Week after Week we are being brought the latest and greatest blockbuster movie that most of the audience has been anticipating for literally months upon months. Jurassic World opened just last week to record 208.8 million dollars box office and this week stands to bring in upwards of 105 million dollars. Inside Out (the latest and greatest from Disney Pixar) stands to bring in 83 million dollars this weekend which will make it one of the highest gross opening weekends for a Pixar movie since Toy Story 3. When mass hysteria at the Box Office occurs we tend to forget movies that truly deserve our attention and one such film is Love and Mercy.
Love and Mercy tells the story of both a young and an older Brian Wilson (of Beach Boys fame) as he navigates his own demons. John Cusack and Paul Dano are sensational on the screen as they take the audience into some very dark places in their portrayal of Brian Wilson. Paul Giamatti and Elizabeth Banks round out the cast and turn equally brilliant performances as well. What kills me is that I can almost guarantee that most of the people reading that are turning to the nearest person and saying ” there is a movie called Love and Mercy?”
The biggest hurdle that this movie faces is n’t the quality of the movie but the quality of the distribution from Roadside Attractions. According to Box Office Mojo, Love and Mercy is currently in 792 theaters nationwide. Love and Mercy with that type of distribution can’t simply compete with the bigger movies (Jurassic World .. Inside Out.. etc) because those movies dominate most of the screens nationwide. With that being the case most audience members take the easy way out rather than seeking out a movie that by no fault of its own has been hard to find.
It is because of this that I have decided to dedicate my 1st article to implore all of you to seek out Love and Mercy. Just because something is necessarily hard to locate does n’t make it any less worth your time. Putting in the time to locate where this movie is showing will make it that much more satisfying when you are treated to what is one of the best movies of 2015.