Get on Up (2014)

Get-On-Up“You special. You mama’s a no account fool, your daddy too, but you ain’t going to be. You gonna be okay. One day, everybody going to know your name.” – Aunt Honey

Number of Times Seen – 1 (2 Sep 2014)

Brief Synopsis – Biopic of James Brown’s rise to musical power.

My Take on it – Musical legends all have great stories behind how they achieved that lofty status and Hollywood loves to make biopics of their lives trying to show that it isnt all rainbows and unicorns on their way to the top.

Unfortunately, they don’t all work the way they should.

I felt that this incoherently jumped around too much and too fast not giving us enough time to fully digest the important milestones in Brown’s life.

Chatwick Boseman effectively channels Brown and it’s quite easy to forget that we aren’t seeing the real singer on screen.

I wish that the story would have been more cohesive insteas of feeling like unrelated snippets of a great singer’s life.

Bottom Line – Somewhat mediocre biopic that doesn’t ferl as if it does Brown enough justice in the same way that other musical biopics have succeeded.

Rating – BAFTA Worthy


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4 thoughts on “Get on Up (2014)

  1. Had the same issues too. Would have liked more linearity (not sure if that could have been achieved and still interesting enough though)/coherence, but Boseman injects more than enough energy in this in one of the better performances I’ve seen all year. Solid review.


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