I recently had the opportunity to attend a private screening of “Get On Up.” All I can say is WOW! Chadwick Boseman’s performance as James Brown was one that deserved a standing ovation. A star-filled cast that was able to come together and deliver the story of the “Godfather of Soul.”
The “hardest working man in show business” was honored in one of the most anticipated biopics of the year, “Get On Up.” Before the movie actually began, so many questions ran through mind. Would these characters be able to capture the essence of James Brown’s life? His story, and not the one that is cut and molded to cater to a paticular audience, but his actual story? It is hard to be able to pull of the life of musical genius such as him, but Chadwick Boseman did exactly that!
Boseman had the legend’s moves down to a science; EVERYTHING he did was “James Brown” – walk, talk, and dance moves! The “42” actor held NOTHING back in his performance. If you have never noticed Boseman before, then you will after this movie. We were able to see the humble beginnings of Brown, which started us off in Barnwell, SC. His childhood was one that will bring tears to your eyes! Not only does he encounter the troubles of being black in the south, but his home life was not any better. Honestly, the children (twins) playing the younger Brown conveyed the emotions of a helpless child. Every time I saw them, I wanted to cry.
His younger years were a little rocky, but music is eventually what saved him! We saw how he was a perfectionist, arrogant, but most of all TALENTED. A word that a lot of artist in today’s era cannot say with a straight face. Although, Boseman give one hell of a performance, I cannot foget about the rest of the cast. Nelsan Ellis, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, and my girl Jill Scott truly helped mold this film into a masterpiece! Jilly from Philly was a supporting actress in this film, but every time she came on the screen, my eyes went directly to her! Not only is she gorgeous, but she acted her behind off in this film as his wife!
“Get On Up” is a must see! It hits theaters today and I expect the theater to be packed like it was for the screening. I realized after watching Brown’s story how much he truly influenced people! A part of music, dances, and soul has touched so many. One artist that use to always give him props was the late Michael Jackson. But even to this day, Brown can still be heard! Greatness can never die!
Have you seen “Get On Up?” What was your favorite part? Comment below!
Filed under: New Movies