Onesumore: Chadwick Boseman’s ‘Get on Up’ Arrives on Netflix US
The 2014 James Brown biopic starring the late Chadwich Boseman just arrived unannounced on Netflix in the United States today. Go up is available on Netflix US from March 16, 2021.
Directed by Tate Taylor, the highly regarded biopic follows the life of legendary singer James Brown from his beginnings in extreme poverty to becoming one of the most renowned musicians.
The film was first released on August 1, 2014 and took 14 years to kick off after several reboots with many high profile names joining and dropping out of the project over the years. The Rolling Stones Mick Jagger has been a producer all along.
Among the actors for Go up includes the aforementioned Boseman as well as Dan Aykroyd, Nelsan Ellis, Nelsan Ellis, Viola Davis, Lennie James, Craig Robinson and Jill Scott.
Just yesterday, Chadwick Boseman was nominated for an Oscar for his main performance on Netflix. Ma Rainey’s black background and he could / should have been just as easily nominated in a category for his performance in Spike Lee’s Da 5 bloods too much. Boseman sadly passed away in the middle of 2020 after losing her battle with cancer.
Reviews for the feature are generally very positive with a 6.9 on IMDb currently and a 71 on Metacritic.
Some notable critics include Richard Corliss of Time saying Boseman crushed the role: “Embodying James Brown in all his uniqueness, he deserves a Pulitzer, a Nobel and an instant election to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”
Kimber Myers of the Playlist calls the film “crowd pleasing.”
Only US Netflix picked up the film today. As this is a Universal Pictures title, however, it could still arrive in other regions over time depending on the individual contracts per region. In the UK the film is available on Prime Video while in Australia and Canada the film can only be found on VOD platforms at this time.
As mentioned, you can find Boseman in Netflix Ma Rainey’s black background, Da 5 bloods and an oft-overlooked 2016 Netflix Original called King’s Message.
How long the movie will stay on Netflix is unclear. Some Universal titles only stay on Netflix for a certain number of months, so if you want to watch them, put them on your watchlist now.
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