James Brown Biopic ‘Get On Up’ Revels In Drama And Dance Moves
From the gliding, intricate footwork to the hunched shoulders and fluid movements, its clear that Chadwick Boseman has nailed James Brown’s singular mannerisms and raspy voice. “Get On Up” follows the man and his music in flashbacks from his impoverished early years in a shack in rural South Carolina, to living in a brothel run by his Aunt Honey, played by Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer and singing in a local church, to his early career performing with the Famous Flames and later international stardom. Behind the glitzy costumes, pompadours and showman’s bravura, the film, produced by Mick Jagger and Brian Grazer, shows Brown as an industrious teen scrounging a living, a troubled, perfectionist musician, an egotistical performer and a shrewd businessman.
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