Skip to main content
Updated:
Original:

California dreamin': MN filmmaker's Beach Boys biopic opens this weekend

Author:

https://youtu.be/3atb-ykMR0Y

Behind the new biopic about the man who once filled the airwaves with the sounds of Southern California is a Minnesotan.

Bill Pohlad's film "Love & Mercy," opens Friday. It tells the story of Brian Wilson, leader and chief songwriter of the Beach Boys, as he struggles to overcome mental illness and an abusive psychiatrist, according to MetaCritic.

The film surfs into cinemas on a wave of critical acclaim, with the review site Rotten Tomatoes having handed it a coveted "Certified Fresh" rating. On Metacritic, its aggregate score of 80 puts it squarely in the well-received category.

It's Pohlad's second directorial effort since 1990, but he's been behind the camera in the decades since, producing Oscar-winners such as "Brokeback Mountain" and "12 Years a Slave," according to his IMDb profile.

So, how did a son of the man who owned the Minnesota Twins find himself in show business?

A love of film, of course.

Pohald told the Star Tribune he attended the Edina Cinema every weekend growing up.

But turning his passion into a career wouldn't be easy.

He started shooting "commercials and small corporate documentaries" in the late 1980s, the paper says. That eventually led to his first feature, "Old Explorers," which was met with middling reviews.

After years of praise as a producer, he decided to get back in the big chair when Oren Moverman – the screenwriter for "Love & Mercy" – brought the project to him and said, "you should direct this," the Pioneer Press reports.

Pohlad told the New York Times he decided to do it partly because of his love of music, though he admitted he wasn't into the Beach Boys growing up and was instead more of a "Beatles guy."

However, he came to appreciate their music later in life and was "intrigued" by Wilson's story, he said.

To check out showtimes near you, click here.

Next Up

Payton Willis / Gopher Basketball

Gophers improve to 5-0 with win over Jacksonville

The Gophers are establishing momentum early in the season.

Anthony Edwards

Ant's massive slam leads Timberwolves to fifth straight win

The dunk didn't count, but provided the highlight of the night.

Cam Talbot / Minnesota Wild

WIld arrive late, Cam Talbot stays on point to beat Devils

Despite a 30-minute delay, the Wild picked up a 3-2 victory.

Screen Shot 2021-11-24 at 4.10.54 PM

Appeal to find 35-year-old missing from Oak Grove home

Police say he's not believed to be in danger.

vote, election

7 MN Republicans urge states to audit 2020 election results

There has been no evidence of significant fraud in any single U.S. state.

child vaccine pexels

How many MN kids age 5-11 have received a COVID vaccine dose?

The governor says the state has one of the highest child vaccination rates in the U.S.

police lights

Seven juveniles arrested in connection with stolen vehicles in Woodbury

Woodbury authorities have issued a warning following a spate of auto thefts.

police lights squad car dark - Unsplash

1 dead after driver crashes into stalled vehicle on shoulder

The vehicle stopped on the side of the road was unoccupied at the time.

Everson Griffen Vikings dot com

Update: Vikings say Griffen is out of his home, 'getting the care he needs'

After hours in his residence, the 33-year-old exited "without incident," the team said.

The search involved several local public safety agencies, including a State Patrol helicopter unit and a K9 team.

Woman, 22, dies in crash just outside Brainerd

Another woman was injured in the collision.

Related