Whether it’s a film or on stage, I love watching re-enacted accounts of music’s greatest and most memorable musicians and bands.
So naturally when the preview screening invite for “Get On Up” landed – a biopic about the life of James Brown – it was a no-brainer “yes” from me. (Adding an extra dose of excitement being a fan of all things soul and 50s/60s music).
The film stars Chadwick Boseman. Wow. His performance as the Godfather of Soul took us on a fearless journey – from a poverty-struck and turbulent upbringing, right the way through his career of music, moves and moods (occasionally touching on his flaws – drugs, guns and spouse abuse – and only when relevant).
Boseman’s performance is unforgettable – showcasing a true insight of James Brown’s candid (yet witty) personality, and although the pressure is always on for the cast and creators of any biopic, this film definitely pays homage to a founder of funk and one of the most influential musicians of all time.
With some laugh-out-loud moments too, it’s definitely worth a watch (whether you were around to remember his heyday or not) – and you soon remember how much you love Brown’s hits including Sex Machine, I Got You (I Feel Good) and Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag.
The film is out later this month in the UK, so “Get Up Offa That Thing” and go see it!