That’s right, it’s time for a brand new episode of The Flickcast. It’s another new years gift just for you!
On this week’s episode Chris and Joe discuss everything Sherlock. They also discuss TV shows such as Shut Eye, Ash vs. Evil Dead, The Young Pope and movies such as Spectral and Parallels. They also talk about Netflix’s business model, who is the best James Bond and a whole lot more. Plus, the usual even more.
Beer selections this week include Shiner Bock for Chris and Brrrr Hoppy Red for Joe. Picks this week include Chris’ pick of the film Hidden Figures and Joe’s pick of the new Hulu show Shut Eye.
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Get On Up does two things magnificently well, and they’re related: It conveys the batshit craziness of both James Brown and Little Richard, which is quite a feat and aided in no small part from Chadwick Boseman as Brown and Brandon Mychal Smith as Richard. The two give performances so captivating that it’s worth seeing the film simply to indulge in their fascinating performances.
That Get On Up would be well acted is probably no surprise, but it is a surprise that they can almost carry the entire 138-minute film. Almost. And that the music is phenomenal shouldn’t be a surprise either. I’m not sure if Boseman performed all the songs, but I’m fairly certain he did his own dancing, and both are wisely indulgent, wisely for this film, which at least does know how to put on a show.
Director Tate Taylor (The Help) and writers Jez and John-Henry Butterworth nail many of the character moments, but never quite get around to understanding their subject. The first thirty minutes or so jumps back and forth through so many different periods that if there’s a linear story buried in there, I missed it. Even more, if there’s something that “made” Brown the man he became, the film doesn’t seem very interested in it, which would be fine, but it does need some kind of connecting thread to tie the movie together.
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