Tupac Shakur’s music was considered, by some people, to be revolutionary. Some event thought it poetic and, at times, could be a commentary on society as a whole.
Unfortunately, the new film about his life, “All Eyez on Me,” is more hype than an honest look at a life cut short.
All Eyez on Me tells the life story of rapper Tupac Shakur. The film starts with Shakur’s early beginning growing up in New York City, Baltimore and later California and shows his rise in the music scene where he signed on with Death Row Records.
The story highlights Shakur’s desire to educate people by providing knowledge and insight into the world he faced through his music. As his popularity grew that desire to teach became lost in the fame that came with his music.
As I watched the scenes unfold, the movie seemed to be hollow, incomplete and one-sided. All Eyez on Me by no means is a documentary, but the sense of realism to events in Shakur’s life seemed to be lost.
The rosy shade and portrayal of Shakur as angelic at times was laughable. There is little doubt that Tupac was a polarizing figure but a lot of the controversy he regularly embraced was left on the floor of the editing room. It was replaced with the image of a smiling rapper who quotes Shakespeare at parties.
These elements prevented the audience from forming a connection with the story and kept them at great distance for most of the movie. This distance left me sitting in the theater bored with what was happening on the screen in from of me. A few people in the theater even got up and left.
The biopic movie has been a staple since the motion picture camera was invented, but over the last few years, this type of film has had a resurgence gaining in popularity.
Going to see this movie I thought that I would see something on the level of the film “Straight Outta Compton.” The screenwriters did take a few liberties in telling the story of rap group “N.W.A” in that movie but overall it was well written, edited and directed. Straight Outta of Compton had a strong focus, which “All Eyez on Me” lacked. The movie felt complete. Leaving theater, I was glad went and saw "Straight Outta Compton." All Eyez on Me, on the other hand, left me wanting more. It lacked quality.
I would encourage you to avoid seeing this movie. It’s not worth your time. It will soon join a sea of unremarkable movies that show late at night on some obscure broadcast television station shortly.
I give “All Eyez on Me” one mustache out of five.
This film is rated R for language and drug use throughout, violence, some nudity and sexuality and runs 140 minutes.
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