GET ON UP | AndersonVision
“Get On Up” is many things, but it’s not a good movie. Chadwick Boseman is starting to find himself in a bit of typecasting as he follows up one tremendous term as a real-life African American celebrity with another. The truth of the matter is that he blows away both roles. Playing Brown from a teenager to a man near the end of his life is extraordinary. While Boseman is amazing, Tate Taylor proves that he might be the reincarnation of Stanley Kramer in terms of directing. Clumsy edits take you from Brown’s 1988 arrest to Vietnam and then to Brown’s childhood growing up in the Jim Crow South. That’s within the course of the first ten minutes of the film and sets the tone for the bumpy auto-piloting to follow.