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Get On Up

Get On Up is a movie, premiered in August 1, 2014, in the United States. It was distributed by Universal Pictures, written by Steven Baigelman, Jez and John – Henry Butterworth, and directed by Tate Taylor. Mick Jagger was one of the producers of the film, along with Brian Grazer, Tate Taylor and Victoria Pearman. This biographical drama film had a budget of $30 million, and collected $33.4 million, resulting in $3.4 million of earnings.

Film plot

This movie is a nonlinear narrative, this means that it doesn’t follow a specific narrative, but jumps from one moment to another, narrating many parts of the biography at the same time; the events do not occur in the original chronology. For example, the film starts in 1993, while Brown walks through a dark hallway, hearing a great audience chant his name.

Throughout the movie, James Brown’s story is showed, by picturing many of his most relevant livings. The film shows how he started to join the musical career slowly, starting to perform in small audiences, and later gaining more and more fame. The moment when he decides to join The Flames (later known as “The Famous Flames”), established by Bobby Byrd, is also shown in the movie, along with other transcendental moments in his life, as when he signed a contract with King Records with the Famous Flames, producing their first single, which catapulted their fame considerably. Other relevant moments are also portrayed in the movie as well.

Cast (resumed)

  • Chadwick Boseman – James Brown
  • Jordan and Jamarion Scott – young James Brown
  • Nelson Ellis – Bobby Byrd
  • Dan Aykroyd – Ben Bart
  • Viola Davis – Susie Brown
  • Lennie James – Joseph “Joe” Brown
  • Fred Melamed – Syd Nathan
  • Jamal Batiste – John “Jabo” Starks
  • Craig Robinson – Maceo Parker
  • Jill Scott – Deidre “Dee – Dee” Jenkins
  • Octavia Spencer – Aunt Honey Washington