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Bettie's Box Office: Get On Up Review
Updated: Friday, August 1 2014, 01:23 PM CDT
There are two reasons to see Get On Up: the great music of James Brown and the great acting of Chadwick Boseman.
The movie jumps all around in Brown’s life, showing some of the events and people that made him the Godfather of Soul. Boseman has Brown down cold, from his speaking rhythms to his fast-footed dancing on stage. He disappears into the character just like Jamie Foxx did in Ray.
Granted, the script is a little uneven and shows Brown in a generally positive light, not to mention omitting several other big parts of his complicated life and his later years. But Brown’s (and Boseman's) charisma more than make up for it and everyone in the audience moved in their seats in time with the music. All of the tracks use Brown’s real voice in remixes of his original recordings, but it never sounds dubbed.
The rest of the cast is strong, especially Nelsan Ellis (from True Blood) as Brown’s closest friend and Viola Davis as Brown’s mother.
Get On Up is a funky summer surprise and definitely worth a matinee ticket. The proof: its 2:18 minute running time seems to fly by. Get On Up is rated PG-13 for sexual content, drug use, some strong language, and violent situations.
By Bettie Cross