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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.
Drama Musical - This biopic of the legendary R&B singer James Brown is a huge
starring showcase for lead Chadwick Boseman. The more known stars,
in particular the females such as Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, and
Jill Scott, have fairly small parts. Drugs, brief violence,
language, and adult subject matter make the film of caution to
parents of young children even if some more unpleasant issues are
PROFANITY: 2 F-words; 9 S-words; a few others. SEX/NUDITY: Brief sex without nudity. VIOLENCE: Fights and hits with minimal blood. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol, tobacco, marijuana. ACTION: War combat and a car chase. COMEDY: Some comic lines and situations.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Above Average Get on Up provides us with about an hour of James Brown-inspired performances, all of which Boseman infuses with passion and energy.
Roger EbertFull Review Average Despite my grievances, there is fun and enjoyment to be had here. Any excuse to hear a James Brown song is good enough for me, and I enjoyed seeing Craig Robinson's Maceo Parker amongst the band performers.
USA TodayFull Review Good His portrayal of Brown from his midteens to age 60 leaves a powerful, haunting impression of a complicated man. The musical numbers, with Brown's remixed vocals and Boseman re-creating his signature dance moves, are mesmerizing.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
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Based on a theater exit polling of 65 moviegoers:
TEENS:The three females all loved "Get On Up."
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: Two males loved it, one rated it "above average," which indicates a movie he enjoyed very much and one felt it was just an "average" movie (enjoyable but nothing special or memorable). Two of the five females loved "Get On Up." The remaining three enjoyed it very much, rating it "above average."
ADULTS: GREAT REVIEWS from both the males and females! Sixty-percent of the males and seventy-percent of the females loved "Get On Up." Another 30% of the males and the remaining 30% of the females indicated that they enjoyed this movie very much rating it "above average." Only 10% of the males rated it just an "average" movie.