I don’t know shit about either James Brown or Funk music in general. So, for me this trailer has to over come more hurdles than for some one who is a fan of either the music or the musician. The trailer has to make me either care about, or give me the impression that i could care about, James Brow the character, not the man. And while i can say that the acting here doesn’t seem bad, it ultimately fails in this regard.
For what i can tell for this trailer, James Brown looks like an ego-maniacal narcissist. That alone wouldn’t be an issue (people like that can be fascinating as characters). The issue is that the self importance stems from him making music that i really just don’t care for. If this was a movie about…lets say Dave Mustaine from Megadeth…i could still get excited because Megadeth is a band that i like, even though Mustaine is a terrible wast of life. But the fact that i like the music at lest gives me a reference point as to why he might be come such a stuck up ass hole. But like i said before, the Movie could do something to make me care, but there really isn’t anything here that stands out to me.
So what do you think? Are you a James Brown fan? are you a funk fan? If so, what are your thoughts on the movie? Does this make you want to see it?