Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Get On Up Review
However, there is an aspect of this that doesn't work out as well. That's the fact that there isn't a whole ton of story in this movie to tell. I would gestimate that there is about 30 minutes of story in this and 100 minutes of concert or concert rehearsal. This makes this style of telling this story almost necessary because they weave this 30 minutes of movie in with the concert scenes. Thus we get a bit of story, then concert, then a bit more story somewhere else in his life, then concert, and so on and so forth. For the most part this worked, but as I was going I began to think that it was almost as if someone wanted to do a biopic of James Brown because he is a huge influence in the movie world, but as they started they realized that they didn't have much to work with and so for the most part we just get James Brown music. The fact that I really enjoyed the music did make it worthwhile, but it also made it so the movie wasn't quite as epic as other recent biopics such as 42 and Lee Daniels' The Butler, both from last year.
Overall, I can't officially make a claim for what fans of James Brown would think of this movie. I don't know how historically accurate this is to what actually happened in James Brown's life. If there are parts that are way off, I wouldn't know at all because I haven't done the research to compare. I also don't know if it was Boseman actually singing the part as opposed to just lip-synching and if so how his voice compares to James Brown's music. I could do all that research, but I don't really care to. All I know is that I went into this movie without knowing much about James Brown in hopes that I could still enjoy this movie and I did. The acting was great, especially by Boseman. The music was great. The story that did exist was emotional and moving while the concert scenes that dominated the movie were also enjoyable. If you are a big James Brown fan I think you would like this? But if you are like me and aren't familiar with him, I still think you will enjoy this. My grade for Get On Up is a 7.5/10.