'Get On Up' opens in theaters nationwide

News 12 at 11 O'clock / Friday, August 1, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- 'Get On Up', the movie about the life of James Brown, hit the big screen nationwide Friday for everyone to see.

Lines to buy tickets in Augusta started early at Regal Cinemas where the movie played at least 16 times. You've heard what Mick Jagger thinks about it.

"Hi there. I'm so glad this movie has finally come out, and I'm really pleased with the results," he told News 12 on the red carpet in New York City.

You've also seen the stars hit the red carpet in Augusta.

"How does it feel to be in James Brown's hometown?" News 12 asked Chadwick Boseman.

"It's like a homecoming," Boseman replied.

But now, it's your turn to see what 'Get On Up' is all about.

"James Brown was one of our own," said Shirley Turner.

Turner says there's no way she was going to miss the movie and hopes it appeals to a wide audience like Mr. Dynamite did.

"Everybody just loved James Brown. It doesn't matter what generation you are. He just brings it to everyone," she said.

Mr. Brown's funk was truly timeless, even pulling young fans like 11-year-old P.J. to come watch Brown's story play out on the big screen.

"What's your favorite song?" News 12 asked.
"I'm Black and I'm Proud," P.J. replied.

The movie doesn't just talk about Brown's influence on black youth. It also shows how the Godfather of Soul sang for everyone, black and white, young and old.

"He just had a good a spirit about him. Everybody loved him. His song "I Feel Good" makes me feel the same way. I feel good," Danny Holley said.

Holley drove from Johnston to Augusta to watch the movie tonight. He says the drive was worth it because he's in JB's hometown and in the same theater where the red carpet rolled out.

"This is where they had the opening of James Brown. It's something that I wanted to experience myself," Holley said.

Regal Cinemas had the movie times starting as late as 11:20 p.m. The theater will show it 16 more times Saturday and seven times at the Aiken Mall in its opening weekend.


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