We are tough critics here at Hidden Beach!
But all of us that had the opportunity to check out GET ON UP: THE JAMES BROWN STORY this weekend thought it was money and time well spent. Not just because Jilly from Philly shines as Brown’s second wife DeeDee Brown (although she was pretty spectacular). Director Tate Taylor (The Help) assembled an incredible cast that delivered powerful performances that kept audiences on the edge of their seats for close to two and a half hours.
My fellow Howard University Bison Chadwick Boseman completely transformed into the Godfather of Soul and Viola Davis as Brown’s mother reminded the audience why she is on everyone’s radar during award season year after year. Be on the lookout for both Davis’ and Boseman’s names come Winter as I am sure they will be on everyone’s shortlist for many awards. The movie also stars Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer (The Help, Fruitvale Station), Dan Akroyd (Ghostbusters, Blues Brothers), Nelsan Ellis (True Blood, The Help) and features Tika Sumpter, Aunjanue Ellis, Aloe Blacc and Craig Robinson.
Audiences across the globe know Brown’s music, but GET ON UP provides a glance into his early life experiences that formed his talent, drive and sometimes, disturbing behavior. GET ON UP takes you on the journey from Brown’s childhood as a poor boy in the South, where he was abandoned by his parents and left to work and live in a whorehouse, to his first stint in prison where he met Bobby Byrd and began his professional music career. There are many stories behind the music and GET ON UP provides the audience with a glimpse of what it was to live and work with Brown. If you are a fan of music, GET ON UP: THE JAMES BROWN STORY is a must see.
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