Get On Up

Lists: Drama, Biopic, Music

Brief Synopsis: "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 Get on Up. 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. Boseman is joined in the drama by Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis, Lennie James, Tika Sumpter, Jill Scott and Dan Aykroyd."

Overall Ranking: 1757 (Rank from 2014: # 96)

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Ratings Breakdown
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Buttery 0%
Regular 54.55%
Half-Popped 45.45%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Gorgon Reviews80(full review)
Sober Film Critic James Brown80 - Chadwick Boseman doesn't miss a beat. He walks and talks like James Brown. He effortlessly slides across the dance floor with fancy footwork like James Brown. He's got soul and is superbad like James Brown.
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Le Anne of Tinsel And Tine80 - The only thing I'd say is missing is a clip of Eddie Murphy doing James Brown from the Hot Tub skit on SNL. There is however, a scene where one of his band members imitates Brown's stage persona, complete with a horrible wig, not knowing Brown is looking on. Later, the often ill tempered singer lets on he knows about the mimicking and shares in the joke.
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Bryan Lienesch77 - In telling Brown's story, 'Get On Up' seems equally intent in trying to sell you on a less-than-glamorous image of the man.
Minnesota Man75 - Even overly sanitized, this James Brown biopic proves the funk never really quit.
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Dan O'Neill75(full review)
FilmHamster61(full review)
Fast Film Reviews Mark Hobin61(full review)
Maurice of Movie Mixology60(full review)
Silver Screen Riot Matt Oakes57(full review)
David Baruffi52(full review)

People Involved

  • Taraji P. Henson (Tammi Terrell)
  • Viola Davis (Susie Brown)
  • Dan Aykroyd ()
  • Octavia Spencer (Aunt Honey)
  • Nick Eversman (Mick Jagger)
  • Tika Sumpter (Yvonne Fair)
  • Lennie James ()
  • Nelsan Ellis (Bobby Byrd)
  • Chadwick Boseman (James Brown)
  • Jill Scott ()
  • James DuMont ()
  • Fred Melamed (Syd Nathan)
  • Keith Robinson (Baby Roy)
  • Billy Slaughter ()
  • Ritchie Montgomery ()
  • Tate Taylor (Director)