Get On Up is the James Brown biopic starring future Black Panther Chadwick Boseman. It’s pretty ok. It has a kickass soundtrack, at least. It jumps around in time way too much. If I had to guess his ages in order it goes something like 35, 55, 30, 5, 25, 6, 26, 27, 17, 20, 7. And that’s just the first 45 minutes or so.
I think the musical biopic format fucks up a lot. They’re more interested in catching all the hit songs and throwing in some childhood trauma than telling a cohesive story. I’d have focused on the development of funk (which got half a scene and a mention at a press conference), his movement toward socially conscious music (which got one scene), and his insane later years full of drugs and alcohol and arrests (which got two scenes… or really one scene split it two).
It’s basically fine as a series of random scenes from the dude’s life with a cool soundtrack. But as a whole story it doesn’t make a lot of sense.