Gilberto Says There Should Be No Eyes On ALL EYEZ ON ME

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There are certain people in our lives that leave a powerful impact even after they are gone for whatever reason that may be. Tupac Amaru Shakur is one of the most important figures of not only in the history of Hip Hop music (widely considered to some as the greatest emcee of all time) but in what he represented with the Thug Life Mantra that served as a gap between the Black Panther movement bridging into the 90’s. “All Eyez On Me” as a biographical film doesn’t really deliver because in my opinion, it didn’t really know what kind of story it wanted to tell. Personally speaking since I consider myself a major fan and Hip Hop historian, after 2015’s Straight Outta Compton and 2009’s Notorious I was looking forward to seeing the story of Tupac told on the big screen.

Now when it comes to a movie especially a biography, the choice of director is really important. Benny Boom who is well known for his work on countless music videos in Hip Hop (50 cent, Busta Rhymes, Nas, Lil’ Wayne, Snoop Dogg, Nicki Minaj..just to name a few) was the director chosen to craft this film and unfortunately, it didn’t really pan out. Just from a film standpoint the editing along with the overall flow of the movie is very rapid with scenes that were either too long or too short.

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The one thing that I actually enjoyed and thought was really done well were the music videos of Tupac that were recreated shot for shot in the film which made it feel really visceral. The concert scenes are another aspect that was handled well because it made you feel like you were really watching Tupac perform live and the energy was present throughout those sequences. But ultimately I wish that they have chosen another director to tell Tupac’s story, it should have been done a lot better.

When it comes to the actual performances of the film the standouts in this mess of a movie were Demetrius Shipp Jr. as the legend himself Tupac Shakur, Danai Gurira as Afeni Shakur (Tupac’s Mother) which in my opinion was the best thing about the movie, Kat Graham as Jada Pinkett and Dominic L. Santana as Suge Knight. Each one of these performances in my opinion was good especially with what they were given in terms of the script, even with some of the inaccuracies.

That was apparently an issue with the movie after the release with many people including Jada Pinkett Smith mentioning how some of the interactions that Jada and Tupac had in the movie didn’t really happen. Then on the other side you had the producers (David Robinson, L.T. Hutton, and James G. Robinson) with L.T. Hutton who actually worked in the music industry including Death Row records saying other things about the process of the film.

Ultimately the film to me fell really short and it’s unfortunate, during the most emotional sequence of the movie you get distracted to the fact that there is an unnoticeable Wallgreens sign in the background as Suge Knight is carrying him down to the floor after he was shot on that night in September, where it should have been an Eckerds. Sometimes it’s the little things that make the biggest difference but that wouldn’t have been a problem if the movie was actually worth seeing.

All Eyez on Me is not worth the watch.

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