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At the movies: Get On Up

October 7, 2014

Get On Up

Get On Up tells singer James Brown’s life story from his poor, dysfunctional childhood to his huge success in the music industry.  Brown’s early life was tragic – his parents didn’t get along and fought all the time, quite often physically.   His mother couldn’t take it any longer, so she left – on her own – leaving James alone with his father.

James lands in prison and becomes fascinated with a singing group there.  One of it’s members, Bobby Byrd, welcomes James into his home once they’re out of prison and James joins his gospel group.  With James pushing them, the group achieves some success.  When James is offered a contract, he doesn’t hesitate to leave his friends behind.  The rest, as they, say is history.

James Brown certainly has a fascinating rags to riches story, but I found the way the movie was constructed confusing at times.  Told through flashbacks, the story didn’t flow well for me so the movie was just okay.   However, Chadwick Boseman’s performance is outstanding and I think the movie is worth seeing just to witness it – you may want to wait to rent it though.

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20 Comments leave one →
  1. October 7, 2014 6:20 am

    Sounds worth it for the music!

  2. October 7, 2014 7:32 am

    My husband and I love the music but I think this would probably work just as well on the small screen so we’ll probably rent it.

  3. Patty permalink
    October 7, 2014 9:03 am

    Sounds like fun but I know you are right about better at home…

  4. October 7, 2014 10:05 am

    I agree with you that it’s worth it to see Chad Boseman’s performance. He was just as good in “42.” I may have liked it a bit more than you. I gave it a 3/4.

  5. October 7, 2014 2:21 pm

    I’d probably need to read about James Brown before watching this movie. I’d definitely like to see it at some point.

  6. October 7, 2014 3:33 pm

    Rent it is

  7. October 7, 2014 4:57 pm

    I’ve never heard of this movie before. My husband and I, as well as our 3 kids are huge music lovers, so this is a movie I think we’d all enjoy. Sadly, I checked and can’t find it anywhere for rent or buy 😦

  8. October 7, 2014 6:57 pm

    Sounds like a fabulous movie. I don’t think I’ve heard of it but I am definitely eager to check it out.

  9. October 7, 2014 11:32 pm

    I’m not too familiar with James Brown’s career, but from the music the trailer has, it sounds like it would be worth the watching for that alone.

  10. October 7, 2014 11:45 pm

    I enjoyed it, but I agree it wasn’t great. Chadwick was so good to watch.

  11. October 8, 2014 2:07 am

    Came for the Wondrous Words, but instead enjoyed the movie about James Brown and the Mailbox Monday. Love the books.:)

  12. October 8, 2014 2:24 pm

    I love the trailer, but I think I’ll take your advice and watch it at home.

  13. October 8, 2014 4:43 pm

    I will have to look for this one when it comes out on DVD. Thanks for your review of this one Kathy.

  14. October 8, 2014 7:27 pm

    The ads for this one made it look like it would be good. I’m sorry it didn’t turn out that way for you. 😦

  15. Beth F permalink
    October 9, 2014 6:38 am

    I’ll likely wait until I can stream it — I like his music.

  16. October 9, 2014 11:33 am

    I was curious about this one! I’m with Beth and will probably stream it when it’s available. James Brown had a very interesting life! Glad to hear the actor did him justice.

  17. October 9, 2014 10:11 pm

    I loved Chadwick in this and last year in 42.

  18. Susan/SC permalink
    October 10, 2014 10:02 pm

    Loved the music and acting in this one. Was expecting more uplifting but shoudl have known better since I lived in Augusta at about the time he was having his troubles, getting arrested, and such! It came so close on the heels of Jersey Boys – was kind of thinking more of the same!

  19. swright9 permalink
    October 12, 2014 9:51 pm

    The actor does sound terrific. I will look for it on rental.

  20. bookingmama permalink
    October 14, 2014 7:57 am

    What an amazing actor! I hear he nailed Brown and Robinson!

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