Review Roundup: Chadwick Boseman Stars as James Brown in New Biopic GET ON UP
Universal Pictures James Brown biopic Get On Up hits theaters today, August 1, 2014. In his follow-up to the four-time Academy Award-nominated blockbuster The Help, Tate Taylor directs 42's Chadwick Boseman as James Brown in the film.
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.
Let's see what the critics have to say:
Stephen Holden, The New York Times: "Get On Up," directed by Tate Taylor ("The Help"), thrillingly captures the frenzy of Brown's music, and the forces driving that frenzy, both musical and personal. Like its gyrating, spasmodic staccato beats, "Get On Up" refuses to stand still. It whirls and does splits and jumps, with leaps around in time and changes in tempo that are jarring and abrupt and that usually feel just right.
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: At 2 hours and 18 minutes, the James Brown biopic "Get On Up" runs exactly two hours longer than the knockout YouTube clip of the real Mr. Dynamite performing up a storm in 1964's "The T.A.M.I. Show." It is not time well spent.Despite the linked advantages of generous helpings of the man's high octane music and a star performance by Chadwick Boseman that's little short of heroic, "Get on Up" is more frustrating than fulfilling, a disjointed film that suffers from having a more ambitious plan than it's got the ability to execute.