This is the biography of James Brown. It is pretty good. It is probably not as good as Ray or Walk the Line. However, both Ray and Walk the Line are really good.
Chadwick Boseman stars as James Brown. He is really good. He didn’t sing but he did a good job capturing Brown’s stage presence. Brandon Smith also got mentioned for his few scenes as Little Richard. The rest of the cast was fine.
The movie jumps around from various times in Brown’s life. I wonder if the movie would have been called more effective if it did not do that. Maybe it would have better with a straight timeline.
As with all movies based on a person’s life, there will be some parts of the life covered better than other parts. The movie is under 2 and a half hours.
The music is good, of course.