Get On Up is a biopic of James Brown. I will always remember him as the Godfather of Soul. Chadwick Boseman takes on the role of the iconic singer. This biopic does not start out the beginning of his life and conclude with the death of James Brown. This film provides glimpses of James Brown at different stages of his life. One of my favorite scenes shows Brown encouraging a group of school children to work hard to pursue their dreams. Another favorite scene involves James Brown entertaining an all white audience with his cool dance moves and slick vocals. Chadwick does not sing in this movie, but his dancing feet are. James Brown started out performing as a member of a group called The Famous Flames. His talents quickly over shadowed those of his band members, and became a solo artist. Nelsan Ellis stars as Bobby Byrd. He remained loyal to James by performing in his band his entire career. This film features some of the greatest hits by James Brown. "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag", I Feel Good and "Get On Up" are featured in the film. I am a bigger fan of the music of James Brown because of these songs Viola Davis gives a small but moving performance as the estranged mother of James Brown. Octavia Spencer gives an equally good role as the woman who raises James Brown after his mother leaves. Chadwick Boseman really inhabits the role of James Brown. This film really captures his perfectionist work ethic and his womanizing ways. James Brown possessed a drive to be one of the greatest performers of all time and he succeeded. Get On Up is easily one of the most entertaining movies of 2014.
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