If you don’t have a date this Friday, meet me at the box office to see the new James Brown biopic, Get On Up.
The movie hasn’t even landed in the box office yet, and it is already receiving very high praise.
The Augusta Chronicle is calling the movie a “can’t miss” and delivers the following praise:
“I would rate it five out of five stars! Do not miss this one!!”
This praise almost seems obvious, considering the musical chops behind the film. As indicated by Huffington Post, the film was produced by Mick Jagger, and the movie is already buzzing the doorbells at several major awards associations. This movie could prove to be a very sound business investment for Jagger, who has listed Brown as one of his musical influences; even saying that he often imitated Brown’s moves on stage.
The movie is, of course, the story of Brown’s life and legacy. The movie came out of Jagger’s desire to pay honest homage to one of his music industry idols and friends. Through a series of serendipitous events, Jagger was approached to produce the movie after a close friend and business associate secured the rights to the James Brown music catalog after his passing.
Chadwick Boseman is playing Brown in Get On Up, and the film is directed by Tate Taylor, who has struck box office gold with Lee Daniels’ The Butler and The Help.
The Hollywood Reporter offers the following praise of Get On Up:
“If the high-energy feature demonstrates anything, it’s that the self-made superstar was a propulsive, take-no-prisoners personality — someone whose sense of heroic destiny could be exhausting as well as exhilarating for those around him…it’s that rare musician’s biography with a deep feel for the music. And in Chadwick Boseman, it has a galvanic core, a performance that transcends impersonation and reverberates long after the screen goes dark.”
For those who want to get a better understanding of the life and legacy that is the Godfather of Soul, it looks like this is the movie to see. If you are, in any way intrigued by the life of a man who single-handedly changed the course of music history, this looks like the movie for you. It is reported that Jagger and company did everything to preserve this soul singer’s legacy while sticking to the gritty truth about the tortured human being behind the Godfather of Soul.
Get On Up will open in theaters across the world on August 1, 2014. Will you be there when James Brown once again takes the stage?
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