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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
Bobby Byrd
Viola Davis
Susie Brown
Fred Melamed
Syd Nathan
Craig Robinson
Maceo Parker
Jill Scott
DeeDee Brown
Josh Hopkins
Ralph Bass
Brandon Smith
Little Richard
Tika Sumpter
Yvonne Fair
Aunjanue Ellis
Vicki Anderson
Black Thought
Pee Wee Ellis
Aloe Blacc
Nafloyd Scott
Aakomon Jones
Bobby Bennett
Jordan Scott
Young James
Jez Butterworth
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Peter Afterman
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Trish Hofmann
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Jez Butterworth
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John Butterworth
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John Norris
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Anna Culp
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Stephen Goldblatt
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Mark Ricker
Production Design
Sharen Davis
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Thomas Newman
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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.
    Ben B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 23, 2015
    Though it needs some more judicious editing, the film does capture the intensity and energy of the man.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • 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.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 25, 2014
    GET UP OFFA DAT THANG AND WATCH THIS MOVIE!!! Shheeeeiiiiitt.
    Joshua S Super Reviewer

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