Boseman electrifies as James Brown in 'Get On Up' | The Salt Lake Tribune

August 1, 2014 6:06 PM

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In last year’s "42," Chadwick Boseman played baseball legend Jackie Robinson as a man suppressing his pride and bottling up his anger. It was a portrayal of understated dignity that was all about emotions being swallowed and words that went unsaid. In "Get On Up," Boseman gets the chance to turn into another African-American icon: James Brown. This time, the Howard University graduate takes everything he held in check in that previous role and lets it loose in a firehose of charisma, determination, fury and unbridled funkiness.

Boseman flat-out nails the Godfather of Soul in this long-awaited biopic. He struts around with Brown’s signature blasé-rooster swagger, smiles with enough brilliance to make a blind man squint and glides across various stages as if the soles of his shoes were coated with slick glass. But perhaps th...

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