“Get On Up” is a music-drama and biographical film about the legendary musician, singer, songwriter, performer, and artist James Brown.
James Brown is a man who is one of the most popular and influential musicians in history. The director of this film is Tate Taylor, and one of the producers is Mick Jagger from The Rolling Stones.
The main role in this film is played by Chadwick Boseman. The film follows Brown’s life from his childhood and humble beginnings in Georgia, USA, to the top of his career and revolutionary music songs, dance moves, and incredible performances. Because James Brown had a very turbulent childhood, music was his only way to express his passion.
Coincidentally, he meets Bobby Byrd (Nelsan Ellis) in prison, who helped him get free and start making music. Soon, Brown attracts attention with his fiery performances, gains the status of a tireless performer, and becomes increasingly bold in a creative sense.
Although he was confronted with racism, conventional thinking, and trampled principles of working in show business, he created new ways of working both on stage and beyond. He became a superstar with a private jet, and as time went on his passion, the film follows his problems with the law and drugs, which he had at the peak of his popularity.
In addition to his immeasurable influence on popular culture, James Brown took an active part in the fight for the rights of African-Americans, especially after the assassination of Martin Luther King.
This life story is not told linearly, because the script moves back and forth. That’s exactly why the nonlinear film script carries emotional strength.
During the watching, you’ll soon understand why he had the status of the man with whom it was the most difficult to cooperate in the show business. His ego brings harm not only to him but also to those around him. Sensitive to any kind of criticism, he philosophizes about his destiny and his legacy.
James is harassing members of his band, and through the film, we see that his relationships with women are far from ideal. The author does not sympathize with his actions but suggests a hard life when the stage lights go out, especially as he gets older.
Chadwick Boseman’s performance is probably the main reason why you may like this film. He interprets James when he was arrested at the age of 16. Also when he is backstage at the age of 60. He demonstrated his dancing skills very well.
Among other things, the supporting roles of character actors, and actresses are more than worthy of support for Chadwick. All in all, James Brown’s life story is too difficult, but “Get on Up” is an energetic film about him and successfully captures his passion and energy as the godfather of soul music.