No spoilers please! Um, how can you have a spoiler to a movie when you already know the story lol.
So we finally went to see All Eyez On Me and I’ll just say that it was good. On one hand, if you loved Pac, you’ll like the movie. On the other hand, if you loved Pac, you might not like the movie. Let me explain. I’ve been reading up on some reviews from critics and fans alike saying how the movie didn’t live up to the hype or how it wasn’t truthful. This movie is not a autobiographical film, its just a story about Tupac life. For that reason, there are fictional characters and scenes in the movie that didn’t happen.
The casting wasn’t too bad. Demetrius Shipp Jr really did look like Pac with the exception of one thing…his damn right eyelid lol. It drops down too much, but besides that one fault, he was perfect for it. Danai Gurira did an outstanding job portraying Afeni Shakur. I seriously hopes that she get an award for her performance, and no, not a BET award. One casting call that did piss me off was the casting of Dr Dre. Whoever chose Harold House Moore is an idiot. Why they didn’t ask Corey Hawkins to play the part is beside me. Harold looked more like T.I. than Dre. I guess while were on the topic of casting, I also wish they would have used R. Marcus Taylor as Suge Knight instead of Dominic Santana. Speaking of Dominic, there is one rapper that I would like to see him play is Big Pun. He looks just like him.
Besides Rocky Horror Picture Show, this is the only other movie that i can recall being at where everyone was singing along with the movie. There is one story that I wish they would have included in the move and that is the story of Janet Jackson wanting Pac to get a HIV test prior to their romance scene in Poetic Justice.
This Sept., it will be 21 years since his passing. For those of us who were teens or young adults in the 90s, he was our generations Elvis. I remember begging my mom outside of Best Buy for her to buy me “Me Against The World” because the dick working wouldn’t sell me the tape because of the Parental Advisory sticker on it. She ended up giving in and I was hooked. I think i played “Keep Ya Head Up” and “Dear Momma” till the tape wore out.
With Tupac, his music is still relevant today. You can take “Changes” and put it as a soundtrack to today’s events and you’d think Pac wrote it yesterday. Some of the older generation may only see Pac by the negatives they’ve seen on TV. But let’s look at the positives of a verse vs someone like Niki Minaj.
“I wonder why we take from our women, why we rape our women, do we hate our women? I think its time to kill for our women. Time to heal our women, be real to our women.”- Tupac “You a stupid hoe, you a, you a stupid hoe, you a stupid hoe, you a stupid hoe, you a stupid hoe (yeah), you a, you a stupid hoe…”- Nicki Minaj
The positive thing about music is that no matter how long an artist has passed, we will always have Bowie, Tupac, Sinatra, Elvis, Selena, Whitney, etc.