This July 21, 2014 photo shows actor Chadwick Boseman, star of the James Brown film "Get On Up," in New York. (Photo by Dan Hallman/Invision/AP)
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Like many scenes in the film, it expresses Brown's most important qualities: his indescribable drive as a performer, and his almost blinding charisma.None of it would work, of course, without Boseman, an actor on a remarkable run of late, playing Jackie Robinson in "42" and now this. If he was impressive as the dignified Robinson, he's electrifying as Brown.Perhaps there just wasn't time; even at 138 minutes, the film has to barrel though parts of Brown's long public life.Memorable: the scene where Brown encounters a young Little Richard (Brandon Smith, highly entertaining), and Brown's amusingly incongruous appearance in a ski sweater in the 1965 Frankie Avalon film "Ski Party".(The vocals in the film are Brown's; as for the dance moves, of course, that's all Boseman. )In the end, we have a portrait that is not uniformly positive -- Brown was too complicated for that -- yet falls mostly on the kinder side.
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