Just a couple of years ago, Hollywood’s long-delayed James Brown biopic appeared to have made a turn for the “super bad”: Spike Lee was ousted from the film, only to be replaced by Tate Taylor. Taylor, director of the troublesomely simplistic, feel-good civil rights drama The Help, seemed to be the exact person one didn’t want directing a film about Soul Brother No. 1, the unabashed proclaimer of “I’m black and I’m proud!” Get on Up’s trailer suggested this would be little more than a glossy, rote biopic about a legendary figure.
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