This biopic takes an unflinching look at the complicated life and art of legendary soul and R&B artist James Brown. Get On Up chronicles Brown's rise from poverty to international superstardom and charts his descent into substance abuse and mental instability. During Brown's career of more than 50 years, "The Godfather of Soul" was an important figure in the civil rights movement and an influence on musicians all over the world - but his personal life was troubled. Behind closed doors, Brown was as domineering and abusive as he was charismatic and brilliant onstage. Chadwick Boseman portrays Brown's drug addiction and chaotic mental state as honestly as he does his legendary dance moves and music, giving viewers an honest portrait of a complex artist and icon.