Nardo Says ALL EYEZ ON ME Lived And Died On The Big Screen

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Biopics in general are hard. How does someone stay authentic to the story of an inspiring individual as well as create a dynamic story for not only an audience of fans but bring to the story wider audiences? In the world of hip hop, origins are pretty much the most important story. Significant about those individuals who have shaped music in ways that others still try to recreate. Notorious was solid, 8 Mile bridged fiction with reality, and Straight Outta Compton was pretty much a masterpiece while showing everyone what hip hop is about. All Eyez on Me, would have given Tupac a heart attack if he wasn’t already dead. I know, seems drastic but for some one as vivacious and important to music such as Tupac Shakur, I was expecting to see an artist come back to life so I can get a chance to see someone I will never see.

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There is no one single way this film went down hill, so let me give it to you straight. The movie opens with when Tupac is in jail for the guilty verdict of inappropriate touching in December 1994. He comes in to speak to a documentary film maker, so meta, and then it begins. First, the transitions of the movie were so choppy, you’d think the editor was once a finalist on Top Chief. With the exception of the Tupac songs that played throughout the film, the score was something out of Jaws every time a Suge Knight scene would play out his unyielding force with other individuals. Lastly, the misrepresentation of how they painted the artist to be so wrapped up in vendetta paranoia took away form the visionary they were starting with. Tupac was very vocal about all of his likes and dislikes, specifically with the community, with the law and with other artists but the way they demonstrated that was by making him seem easily tricked by those surrounding him.

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The only real pro was Demetrius Shipp Jr. accurate portrayal of Tupac. Right down to his mannerism, his stage presence and how he basically looks EXACTLY like him, really held the movie together. Yes, some of his actions did not sit well with me as a hip hop fan but that may have been how poorly the film was made or possibly how it was directed. With black actors finally getting pushed to the forefront, I would love to see more from Mr. Sipp Jr.

I wish I liked this movie, but it needs Changes, and it needs to be smarter than letting a CVS in the shot when clearly it should have been an Eckerd.

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