The highly anticipated James Brown biopic, Get On Up, did not only impress and shed light into James Brown’s life but it entertained the crowd from the beginning until the end. Get On Up chronicles James Brown’s rise from extreme poverty to becoming one of the most influential musicians in history. It stars Chadwick Boseman as the Godfather of Soul himself. This film was honest, true, and did not try to divert away from James Brown’s shortcomings and downfalls. The story was a great one but some parts of it is can leave some viewers feeling disjointed as the film is shot in a nonchronological manner.
One thing to expect is to get a inside view on how James Brown evolved as a man. He went from being an abandoned little boy with a troubled path, to a rising star entertainer feeding into his ego. As he grows throughout the film, he realizes it’s lonely at the top, especially once your true friends leave you and you have no one else to show you love. The ending is quite touching and leaves you with much to think about on your way home. Most impressively Chadwick’s depiction of James Brown did not disappoint as he was able to strongly channel his inner James Brown to keep the Soul Man’s legacy living forever.
Acting score 8
Story score 7
Music and SFX score 9