“Get On Up” is a biography of James Brown. It reveals insights into both his childhood and teen life that led to the musical legend he ultimately became. His abusive father is seen in addition to his mother who seemed to love him at first, but later acted as if she didn’t know him when he spotted her at an outdoor party. His hot temper, determination to make it on his own, and his singing and dancing talent are all highlighted in the movie. Chadwick Boseman seems to channel the late Mr. Brown at times, giving a riveting and memorable performance. Various time periods are portrayed in the film, including the restless period of the 60’s with the Civil Rights movement and riots.
Despite some good moments, the movie contains strong content in four out of six categories, and therefore we are unable to award the film our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.