Get on up

Get on up

DVD - 2015
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Based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul, the film will give a fearless look inside the music, moves and moods of Brown, taking audiences on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century.
Publisher: [Universal City, California] :, Universal Studios Home Entertainment,, [2015]
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE GET
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,rda
NTSC,rda
digital,optical,rda
1 videodisc (139 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: James Brown story

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lindy919
Dec 20, 2016

Really good movie and an AMAZING performance by Chadwick Boseman as James Brown

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britprincess1ajax
Aug 04, 2016

Too long and unsubstantial to be a truly remarkable biopic of the godfather of soul, GET ON UP has very little to get on up about. The good? Famed for his role as baseball player Jackie Robinson in 43, Chadwick Boseman does a wonderful job of mimicry, getting the mannerisms and speech down pat, but the character never feels quite like a person. It feels like a caricature and the only part of the film that humanizes him is the fleeting flashbacks to his rotten childhood that revealed the racist streaks of the times and the damage they did to little James's developing psyche. I would have preferred the film to have run more chronologically, to tell us all the horrific details of his early life at the start, instead of bouncing around like someone forgetting the lead-in to the punchline. But I did catch a little bit of gold in the overly long winding river that was this film, and that was Brandon Mychal Smith playing little Richard; I'd keep my eyes peeled for that star on the rise. Overall, GET ON UP fails to encapsulate James Brown's life the way I expected and thus left me feeling disappointed at its feathered disorganized retelling.

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lukasevansherman
Apr 23, 2016

"I don't know karate, but I do know ka-razy!"-James Brown
How do you distill the life of one of the greatest forces in popular music into a 2 hour movie? Well, you don't, which brings up the inherent problems of the biopic. Few musicians are as worthy of a biopic as James Brown and while the film is certainly flawed, it should appeal to any music fan. At the very least, the music makes it worthwhile. Chadwick Boseman, who has also played Jackie Robinson, is great as Brown and doesn't shrink from how difficult the man could be. The energy he brings to the live performances is the film's highlight. Director Tate Taylor ("The Help") skips around in time and has Boseman talk to the audience, which is mildly novel, but also a little distracting. You get his dirt poor childhood and many greatest hits, like his legendary Apollo show and his performance on "The TAMI Show," where he upstaged the Rolling Stones (Mick Jagger is one of the producers). Dan Aykroyd, Viola Davis, Craig Robinson, and Octavia Sepncer co-star. Also check out James McBride's new biography of Brown and the DVD set "I Got the Feelin'."

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finn75
Mar 17, 2016

Great music, sad story in part. Very interesting man.

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breached
Nov 23, 2015

A fantastic and entertaining film, one of the best music bio-pics ever made! I was lucky enough to see James Brown live and this film captures the energy of his live experience. Besides great acting, wonderful music, and innovative editing; this film features a rare component that is seldom exposed in this genre: it actually explains the origination of the music! How was funk birthed? Watch this film to see!

Only criticism is that Brown's drug addiction and domestic abuse issues are handled with kid gloves which sanitizes his history a little too much for my comfort.

real_thing Oct 30, 2015

didnt like how he talk to the camera. FUNNY TO WATCH

d2013 Oct 15, 2015

Good acting on the part of Chad Boseman and although not as thorough as one would like it was still an entertaining story!

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uncommonreader
Oct 04, 2015

Chadwick Boseman was excellent.

Quimeras Sep 24, 2015

“Get on Up” focuses more on the music than the man. You’re better off hunting down video recordings of actual performances.

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gurujr
Sep 16, 2015

You'd need a thirty volume DVD set to cover James Brown's personal and music life then another five CDs to cover the lawsuits and contesting of Brown's final will which is still going on. Movie gives a decent entertaining outline of James Brown's life. By no means is it a great biopic but for those who want to know something about James Brown it's okay. As the movie ends it doesn't even get into the "Godfather of Soul" James Brown yet. Way incomplete but you can only show so much in a two hour movie.

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