Tuesday, September 30, 2014
The JAMES BROWN movie, "GET ON UP" has been released close to two months ago.
While I thought they did an excellent job all around, the story was not always true to his legend.
Great acting by all involved (especially Chadwick Boseman and Nelsan Ellis), fantastic dance sequences, etc.
Overall, a very entertaining movie which touched upon different time periods in JB,s life and career.
Most biographies often include changes from real life scenarios in order to let the movie flow properly. In this case, there were things put in that I never read or heard about.
I have six books on JAMES BROWN;
THE ONE, I FEEL GOOD, THE GODFATHER,OF SOUL, A BIOGRAPHY, SAY IT LOUD (MY MEMORIES OF JB, and THE JAMES BROWN READER.
Also, the great FRED WESLEY biography, HIT ME FRED, detailing his life in music along with association with The Godfather Of Soul.
A tv mini-series about JB,s life would probably run about six to 10 hours to get the WHOLE story! (lol).
With that out of the way I,m going to list things in the movie that I never read or heard about before along with things that I wished were included;
1. JB going to school: Kids paid 10 cents to see him perform as a kid in the school auditorium.
Despite being a brilliant student, he was sent home on more than one occasion for insufficient (raggedy) clothing.
2. Doing odd jobs, such as picking cotton(other than buck dancing for the soldiers) to earn money to help his aunt pay rent.
Picking up coal along railroad tracks to help keep warm during the winter months.
3. How he went out on his own after the Flames quit ( appeared as little Richard after to fulfill the dates after Richard had quit for evangelism).
4. More studio and rehearsal performances should have been filmed or added.
I didn,t know the the purpose of showing JB,s oldest son Teddy with a rash on his face (never read anything of the sort).
Teddy Brown died in 1973 at the age of 19 in a car crash.
James went back on stage the next night after the funeral. Even though the loss of his oldest son devastated him, James Brown kept on recording and entertaining.
He turned to the stage to help him keep on going despite whatever grief and turmoil he went thru.
A lot of times, movies based on a real person show events that never actually happened in real life.
When the "GET ON UP" dvd is released, hopefully there will be deleted scenes added.
UPDATE: here,s two great deleted scenes below;
There was one tv trailer showing JB getting in bed with a woman ( it was so quick I couldn,t see her face clearly) so maybe it will be included.
It is sad that the film only made just over $30 million (cost of production) and it should have been released overseas.
When his concerts fell off in the U.S. in the late 70s and 80s, JB always had sold-out shows overseas and around the world.
It would only be fitting for the producers to put the movie out overseas, as I believe it would really become box office gold.
The way I see it , this movie puts the Godfather Of Soul back in the spotlight; meaning there will be other movies and documentaries heading our way.
Case in point; HBO will show a two hour plus documentary about James Brown on Oct. 27th with never before seen footage included.
The documentary (THE RISE OF JAMES BROWN) has been released. It is one of the best I have ever seen covering James Brown in that period of his career.
Get ready for the magic people, because it,s about to start all over again!
- ▼ 2014 (4)