New ‘Get on Up’ Trailer: Rise of the Godfather of Soul

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Without James Brown – “the Godfather of Soul” – the last half-century’s worth of music would have looked and sounded considerably different. A seemingly inexhaustible ball of creative energy, Brown was a consummate performer and innovator, forever changing soul, funk, and R&B (as well as their genre spinoffs) in the course of a career spanning almost six decades.

All of this is made more astonishing by the details of Brown’s early life – born into a broken family, the singer barely made it past the seventh grade and was in prison for armed robbery by age 16. His extraordinary rise from these circumstances provides the backbone of the upcoming film Get on Up, which has released a new trailer for international audiences.

A much slimmer preview than its predecessor, this trailer focuses more heavily on Brown’s hard-luck origin story of brutal poverty and his mother’s abandonment. Unlike the first trailer’s emphasis on Brown’s monumental success, these clips suggest deep pain and resentment behind the man’s career.

Get On Up Chadwick Boseman New Get on Up Trailer: Rise of the Godfather of Soul

Comparisons between Get on Up and previous musical biopics (Ray and Walk the Line in particular) are unavoidable – especially with this newest look at the movie and its eye toward family drama. Of course, the similarities between these films are perhaps inevitable, given that all three of their subjects struggled with filial disappointment, drug use, and encounters with the law. Can Get on Up distinguish itself enough to rise above such comparisons and carve its own place in the pantheon of great biopics?

Directed by Tate Taylor (The Help), Get on Up stars Chadwick Boseman (42), Viola Davis (Ender’s Game), Octavia Spencer (Snowpiercer), Lennie James (The Walking Dead), Dan Aykroyd (Behind the Candelabra), and Craig Robinson (This Is the End).


Get on Up will do the mashed potato into theaters on August 1st, 2014.

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  1. “Without James Brown – “the Godfather of Soul” – the last half-century’s worth of music would have looked and sounded considerably different.”-Truer words have never been written. I’d like to add, “considerably different. And not for the better.”

  2. Amazing. At first, I thought I might not see this(not because I don’t appreciate James Brown and his contributions to music, but simply because I can never seem to work up the motivation to see biopics myself, last one I ever saw was Ray and that was years ago on a long car ride). This is the only trailer for this film I have seen, and about halfway through, something in me went “Hey! this is a Jamees Brown movie! Of Course you’re gonna see it!!!”

  3. Same time as guardians of the galaxy…FAIL

    • Not to those who want to see it it won’t! :)

  4. Only real problem I have is that, despite the decent lip syncing, the voice coming out of Chadwick Boseman while singing is obviously not his. The voice and the face just don’t match. Still looks pretty good overall though.

  5. I just saw this movie opening night, and I give it five stars. (I guess I have to wait for the review page to show up another day.)

    It tells a good story, and there is a lot of action with plenty of interspersed scenes which kept my interest without confusing me.

    I came in not knowing much about his biography but enjoying his music. I don’t know how much of the movie is true and how much is artistic interpretation, but it altogether told a good story.

    Some of the racial elements may not be pc politically correct but are inoffensively contextual and not to be minded at all. I would put this movie on par with Twelve Years a Slave.