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      Get On Up

      2014, Biography/Drama, 2h 18m

      172 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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      With an unforgettable Chadwick Boseman in the starring role, Get On Up offers the Godfather of Soul a fittingly dynamic homage. Read critic reviews

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      James Brown (Chadwick Boseman) was born in extreme poverty in 1933 South Carolina and survived abandonment, abuse and jail to become one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. He joined a gospel group as a teenager, but the jazz and blues along the "chitlin' circuit" became his springboard to fame. Although his backup musicians came and went, Brown retained the ability to mesmerize audiences with his music, signature moves and sexual energy.

      Cast & Crew

      Nelsan Ellis
      Viola Davis
      Fred Melamed
      Craig Robinson
      Jill Scott
      Josh Hopkins
      Brandon Smith
      Tika Sumpter
      Aloe Blacc
      Aakomon Jones
      Jordan Scott
      Jez Butterworth
      Peter Afterman
      Trish Hofmann
      Jez Butterworth
      John Butterworth
      John Norris
      Anna Culp
      Stephen Goldblatt
      Mark Ricker
      Sharen Davis
      Thomas Newman
      Jesse Rosenthal

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      • Jun 21, 2016

        Get On Up is a biopic starring Chadwick Boseman as James Brown, an entertainer known as the "Godfather of Soul." The movie tells the story of James' rise to fame, his relationships, and his ego complicating things within his music groups. As most of you already know, I'm a sucker for a good movie revolving around music or musical figures, and Get On Up does not disappoint in its tunes. Boseman is phenomenal as James Brown; everything about his performance, on stage and off, resonates with the signature energy Brown was known for. The ensemble cast, including Viola Davis, Lennie James, Octavia Spencer, and Nelsan Ellis, adequately fills the shoes of the people in Brown's life. The one thing about this particular biopic that didn't work well for me was the directing. I understand that it's difficult to create a biopic with an overall story without making it seem like a bunch of random events piled together, but Tate Taylor makes an interesting choice early on in the movie; he delivers scenes not in sequential order for about the first half of the movie before abandoning the approach for a linear finish. This isn't necessarily a terrible thing, but it just seemed like the movie could have benefited from being entirely linear instead of part linear/part random. Overall, however, the movie is highly enjoyable (if not a bit long) with an iconic performance from Boseman. If you like James Brown or biopics, give it a watch.

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      • Jul 23, 2015

        Though it needs some more judicious editing, the film does capture the intensity and energy of the man.

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      • Oct 19, 2014

        Boseman is closer to a caricature of James Brown than of the real man in this infuriatingly disjointed mess full of jumps in time that follow no cohesion or logic, and it doesn't offer any insight whatsoever into who the man was or what made him a "genius" besides being a complete douche bag.

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      • Aug 25, 2014

        GET UP OFFA DAT THANG AND WATCH THIS MOVIE!!! Shheeeeiiiiitt.

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