“Get On Up”

MOVIES 4 Star

Rated PG-13
2 hours 15 minutes

Chadwick Boseman, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Dan Aykroyd

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s almost unheard of when a summer movie contains a performance worthy of an Oscar nomination. But there’s no way Oscar can overlook Chadwick Boseman’s electrifying performance as James Brown, the godfather of soul in “Get on Up”

Boseman’s a dynamo re-creating such a legendary character, especially an artist determined to be one of a kind. Brown’s troubled childhood would have been a total disaster if not for his warmhearted Aunt played by Oscar winner Octavia Spencer.

Brown wasn’t about to forgive being neglected by his mother, Viola Davis who came back into his life to share his glory. What a powerful scene they deliver.

Boseman threw himself into the role so completely; you’re enthralled by his commitment to the character of the controversial icon. He captures every mannerism and fills each moment with an electric energy.

Dan Aykroyd shines briefly as Brown’s manager. He’ll force the self-destructive superstar to confront reality. If ever a movie’s success hinged on a star performance, it’s “Get On Up”.

I nominate Chadwick Boseman for best performance in a starring role. The main reason you’ll agree to give “Get On Up” four stars. It’s something rare when the actor actually overshadows his movie. I like to think of the title “Get On Up” refers to the film’s emotional impact.

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