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'Get on Up' to see James Brown get down

Soul singer’s biopic released this weekend

Felicia Haney | 8/1/2014, 6 a.m.
Taking on the role of James Brown is “42” star Chadwick Boseman who has some pretty big dancing shoes to ...
Chadwick Boseman is James Brown in "Get on Up."

— But, what you won’t get is the inception of the infamous cape being draped over Brown on stage, a mention of his two-year relationship with Motown singer Tammi Terrell or his other two wives. There’s no closed caption about his death on Christmas day in 2006 and if you blink, you’ll miss his money troubles and abusive past. There is a lot of light-hearted laughter and one-liners that carry the audience through and one culminating moment of sentiment that hammers home a harsh reality for both mother and son.

With all of the events that happen, there is an underlying tone to this biopic; a bit of a love story of sorts. No, not between Brown and a woman, but a brotherly love between Byrd and Brown that withstood the test of time, a passionate love for music and above all James Brown loved him some James Brown.

If you only see this film to check out Boseman’s acting chops alone, you’ll be satisfied. But while you’re there, get some history on The Hardest Working Man in Show Business, enjoy some laughs and pick up some fancy footwork.

Check “Get on Up” out in theaters TODAY, Friday, Aug. 1 nationwide.