Get on Up, Tate Taylor (2014)

Get-On-Up-24-Chadwick-BosemanFun and larky. Taylor touches all the main points of Brown’s story: the childhood in poverty, the early striving, the first big break, the savvy businessman, the exacting bandleader, the ladies man, the dabbler in social activism, the musical innovations, and just barely enough of the late, difficult to watch James Brown to claim the laurels of authenticity. I came away entertained but not enlightened, and wondering what Spike Lee might have done with this story. Great cast. Chadwick Boseman has now done Jackie Robinson and James Brown; will biopics of great historical African American line-crossers be his specialty? I momentarily thrilled to see on IMDB that he’s booked to a project called “Black Panther,” then I clicked the link.

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