I finally saw this last night, thought it was okay. The best thing about it was Paul Dano by a long shot. The 80's stuff was necessary in that I don't think I would have enjoyed it just being about the sixties era, no matter how much I liked what Dano did with it and the visual presentation of that time period. The back and forth between the eras was a good decision. That said the 80's parts aren't without some major problems for me. One being I never got past John Cusack, he never came close to becoming Brian Wilson in my eyes. I found the best scene with him to be the final one when he got out of the car to see the freeway where his old house once was. Second problem was Paul Giamatti chewing up the scenery, made all the worse by his (probably accurate) 80's look. It's like they presented Landy as a really dangerous buffoon and I'm not sure those two characteristics work together. The third problem isn't as big a deal; I like Elizabeth Banks well enough, but she's just playing the exact same character as I've seen her do before. This one is more of a niggle because in fairness, I knew Brian's story somewhat already but had no idea how he got away from Landy, didn't know about Linda at all. So she didn't need to inhabit Linda Ledbetter for me to believe her. Cusack and Giamatti are quality actors but I don't think they were what was needed in this film.