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Get on Up

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Get on Up

Tate Taylor (2014)

12 Certificate


Our Score
The life and times of music legend James Brown has the potential to make a great biopic, but for all its gloss and elaborately staged musical sequences Get on Up falls slightly short of the mark. Chadwick Boseman stars as the self-styled Godfather of Soul, who was born into poverty and pulled himself up by his bootstraps to become one of the most influential performers of the 20th century, but who also had a knack for hitting the headlines as often as the charts. Director Tate Taylor (The Help) jumps back and forth in time to chronicle Brown's ascent to superstardom, and while he acknowledges the less savoury elements of the uncompromising singer's character, he never dwells on them. Boseman is superb at conveying the charisma that helped make Brown a hero to millions, and there is fine support from Dan Aykroyd as Brown's manager, but ultimately the film is a sanitised version of events that focuses on fame rather than notoriety.


Biopic of James Brown, examining key moments in the soul singer's life, from his impoverished childhood in South Carolina to his rise to become one of the most influential figures in music history, and following his intense friendship with fellow singer Bobby Byrd. Starring Chadwick Boseman, Viola Davis, Nelsan Ellis and Octavia Spencer.

Cast & Crew

James Brown Chadwick Boseman
Bobby Byrd Nelsan Ellis
Ben Bart Dan Aykroyd
Susie Brown Viola Davis
Joe Brown Lennie James
Syd Nathan Fred Melamed
Maceo Parker Craig Robinson
DeeDee Brown Jill Scott
Aunt Honey Octavia Spencer
Little Richard Brandon Smith
Director Tate Taylor
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Universal Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 21 Nov 2014


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