MTV Review | ‘Get On Up’ Revives The Godfather Of Soul’s Explosive Life Story
Chadwick Boseman pays homage to the musical powerhouse that is James Brown...
Executive Producer: Mick Jagger
Plot: From day one James Brown knew he was going to be a star. Making the transition from extreme poverty to one of the most influential musicians of all time. Chadwick Boseman (who you will now know as Marvel’s Black Panther) lays bare the soul singer's life, a rollercoaster.
The audience is taken on a whirlwind of emotion and thrust between key and significant moments in the superstar's life. Set in no particular chronological order it's a fast paced ride with a floorfilling soundtrack.
It’s all in this movie, from breaking the American dream to the cost and reality of fame. Tate Taylor depicts the glamorous and the not so glamorous in his portrayal.
Best Scene: Apart from the many stunning performances there’s also Brown's hillarious run in’s with the law. In particular a car chase that arises from an incident involving a shotgun and the use of his private bathroom
Best One Liner: “They tried to kill James Brown today, you want to go down in history as the man who killed the funk?”
Date Movie or Mate Movie: This is a 'see it with anyone' kind of movie! Date or mate, you really need to check out this film.
Scene Stealer: James Brown! Not even The Rolling Stones could upstage him.
WTF Moment: Nearly everything Get On Up's protagonist does and says. The hardest working man in showbiz is never far from sheer brilliance or epic disaster.
Summary: Chadwick's acting is faultless and with Mick Jagger on hand as Executive Producer you get the full, unedited and raw picture of the man from someone who knew and played with him.
As biopics go, it’s up there with Walk The Line and Ray and although Oscar buzz can sometimes be a dirty word, you’re almost egging Chadwick on throughout this movie.
Get On Up will have you laughing, stamping your feet and getting on up out of your chair. It’s a feel good film in places but be warned Tate Taylor doesn’t hold back. If you see one great music film this year, let this be it.