Mr. Dynamite - The Rise of James Brown

Mr. Dynamite - The Rise of James Brown ★★★★

Alex Gibney paints a portrait of a man who was The Hardest Working Man in Showbiz but also may have been a bit of an asshole. the fact that the doc isn't afraid to show the rather unpleasent and confusing sides of James Brown's personality is rather refreshing. Balancing that is rare and raw footage of just how much of a master showman Brown was and just what he meant to people in the turbulent late 1960s. It's always harder to embrace a documentary that focuses on a person's who character isn't spotless but Gibney in the end lets the music and the legacy do most of the talking.

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