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Get On Up

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning SDH

Tate Taylor

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About the Movie

Based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul, Get On Up gives a fearless look inside the music, moves, and moods of James Brown, taking audiences on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. Chadwick Boseman (42) stars as Brown, and is joined by Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis, Jill Scott, Craig Robinson, and Dan Aykroyd in the Tate Taylor directed drama.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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80%
  • Reviews Counted: 158
  • Fresh: 126
  • Rotten: 32
  • Average Rating: 6.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Chadwick Boseman gives a startling and galvanic performance. – David Denby, New Yorker, Sep 5, 2014

Fresh: Whatever failings the film may have, none can be laid at the feet of lead actor Chadwick Boseman, whose performance is phenomenal. – James Berardinelli, ReelViews, Jul 31, 2014

Fresh: A well-acted entertainment that's highly respectful of the story it has to tell. It's disjointed but fun to watch. – Dan DeLuca, Philadelphia Inquirer, Aug 1, 2014

Rotten: More often, the film skates along the surface of Brown's contradictory character. Now if it skated like Brown's dance moves glided onstage, that really would have been something. – Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post, Aug 1, 2014

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Customer Reviews

Watered-Down and Uneven

“Get on Up” is the type of movie that will probably only appeal to insomniacs. When they’ve tried every method of getting to sleep, and it’s playing at 3 AM on HBO, it just may be their only solution. But oddly enough, on the surface, it seems to have all the right ingredients. With Chadwick Boseman fresh off last year’s “42” heading the cast as James Brown, along with director Tate Taylor from “The Help” fame, you would think there isn’t much that could go wrong. But unfortunately, there’s plenty.

Jumping back and forth from Brown’s childhood to his days in absolute fame, it never quite settles. In some moments it wants to be a dark and gritty drama showing his often scary battles with his father, and in others a lively musical featuring the character directly interacting with the camera and talking to the audience throughout.

Obviously deriving from movies like “Dreamgirls” and “Ray”, it isn’t able to keep a steady (or original) tone that will keep the audience’s attention. There’s the occasional quick editing trick that may add flare for a second, but none of it is sustained, and it leaves a bland taste in the viewer’s mouth.

One of the only redeeming qualities is Boseman’s interesting performance, but after two hours of referring to himself in third person, his charm wears off as well. Not to mention the ghastly makeup to show his age, and the unfunny jokes that seem to be slipped in during the most inappropriate moments.

At it’s core, it’s meant to be a soundtrack, not a film. The characters have no room to be fleshed out properly in the PG-13 atmosphere and the end product feels watered-down and uneven.

get on up

problems at first, too fast with changes, but flim slowed down and really showed the people of that generation how James Brown plan and worked his magic. A must see if you did not like James or if you did.

Its a groove!!

Get On Up was a great movie. I think Chadwick Boseman did an outstanding job portraying James Brown!!! The film had sadness, joy, comedy which made it so enjoyable to watch. Me and my family had a great time at the movie theatre watching this.
#jamesbrownisalegend

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Get On Up
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2014

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