Monday, October 27, 2014

James Brown Biopic on HBO tonight

Mr. Dynamite: The Rise Of James Brown

Director: Alex Gibney
Runtime: 120 minutes
Rating: TV-14
Cast: Mick Jagger, Bobby Byrd, Clyde Stubblefield


James Brown On Film: An Admiring And Unflinching Look At 'Mr. Dynamite'

Alex Gibney’s Mr. Dynamite: The Rise Of James Brown is an assured threading-of-the-needle, slowly working its way to the sweet spot where the man and the legend overlap. Gibney is the ideal director for a Brown documentary, with a resume including his journey into a luminary’s heart of darkness in 2013’s The Armstrong Lie as well as this year’s Finding Fela, Gibney’s portrait of Afrobeat visionary Fela Kuti, whose loving interpretation of Brown’s stage shows fostered mutual admiration and as well as a habit of both artists openly cribbing from each other.
With the blessing of Brown’s estate, Gibney was granted unprecedented access to archival performance and interview footage, and Mr. Dynamite wears that access proudly, with Gibney jamming as much performance into the film as it can hold. From its opening frames, Mr. Dynamite lets Brown make the case for himself with his plaintive vocals and rubber-limbed juking. The stage footage is the star of the show, and for good reason, as to watch the blistering performances that earned Brown his “Hardest Working Man In Show Business” moniker is to think the superlative is too faint praise.


We gathered in our seats at The Woodruff Arts Center where we watched the film via the Bronzelens Film Festival and I must say, it was EXTREMELY good! I didn’t know much about James Brown except for what I heard and I don’t think I ever got to meet him on the red carpet but I had heard so much. The film was produced by Mick Jagger his dear friend and directed by Alex Gibney. I left with so many emotions and teared up because he was a lonely man and hardly trusted anyone. I was also blown away when I found out that musician Bootsy Collins use to play for him in the band, actually him and his brother! It was very enlightening, informative, funny, sad and it kept my attention the whole time!
It chronicles the musical ascension of the hardest working man in show business who forever changed the face of American music. The documentary was made with the unique cooperation of the Brown Estate, featuring rare never-before seen archival footage and photographs along with current interviews. You have to see this amazing film that premieres on HBO Monday, Oct 27th at 9pm.
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