So, just a heads up. This specific review was originally written at a time when I didn’t count on falling behind on reviews, so my solution was to cram them into a single post. However, I hated the way they turned out, so now I’m putting them into their own reviews. In short, this review is going to be crazy short. With that said, let’s carry on.

Starring: Demetrius Shipp Jr (stuff I’ve either never seen or heard of). In support, we have Kat Graham (stuff I’ve either never seen or heard of), Lauren Cohan (THE BOY [2016]), and Danai Gurira (TV show THE WALKING DEAD, and upcoming films BLACK PANTHER [2018] and AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR [2018])

Directing: Benny Boom (stuff I’ve either never seen or heard of). Writing: Jeremy Haft (stuff I’ve either never seen or heard of), Eddie Gonzalez (stuff I’ve either never seen or heard of), and Steven Bagatourian (stuff I’ve either never seen or heard of). Composing: John Paesano (ALMOST CHRISTMAS [2016], video game MASS EFFECT ANDROMEDA [2017], and upcoming films MAZE RUNNER: THE DEATH CURE [2018] and PACIFIC RIM UPRISING [2018]). Cinematographer: Peter Menzies Jr. (GODS OF EGYPT [2016], THE INCREDIBLE HULK [2008], and the upcoming animated film PETER RABBIT [2018])

This is my honest opinion of: ALL EYEZ ON ME

 

(SUMMARY)

Tupac Shakur (Shipp Jr.) started off as a normal kid growing up with his lawyer mother Afeni (Gurira) and his younger sister. But when the kids are forced to live in California, Tupac quit school to earn money to take care of his sister. He started rapping and didn’t take long before he was signed on to his first studio. In just a couple years, he became one of the most controversial and popular rappers in the 90’s.

(REVIEW)

I wish I could say this movie got me into the life of one of the most popular rap artists of all time, but… it’s a movie I feel like I’ve seen a dozen times over, particularly in STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON (2015), or in better films like MOONLIGHT (2016). While that acting is good, particularly Graham as a young Jada Pinkett Smith is the spitting image of the younger version of the real-world woman, and Shipp Jr. does bring a ton of energy to the role he’s been given, it just doesn’t do anything particularly new. Give COMPTON a little credit, you can argue that it came out around the time when police brutality was getting a ton more media attention in recent years, and could be interpreted as a call-to-arms against that kind of bullshit. This movie is just a standard biopic. Plus, I’m going to be on Jada Pinkett Smith’s side and say that it’s tasteless for the film-makers to throw in a poem that she never knew existed until years after Tupac’s death all in the name of a forced, directionless, and unimpactful romance subplot. It’s not the worst, I suppose, but I couldn’t get into it.

My honest rating for ALL EYEZ ON ME: a weak 3/5

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