“Wow” was what first came to my mind as soon as the credits started to roll.
When I first saw the trailer for the new Tupac film All Eyez On Me, I knew I had to see it.
I’ve always found Tupac’s story inspiring and his rap to be very representative of America (although sometimes controversial) and I found this to be reflected perfectly in the movie.
Demetrius Shipp Jr (who bears an uncanny resemblance to Tupac Shakur) did a fantastic job of portraying one of my heroes. He made me feel a blend of emotions from happiness to anger and I’ll be very surprised if he doesn’t win an award for his performance.
By weaving real clips of Tupac (including the CCTV footage from the night he was shot) through the narrative, the story was told in a very sincere way.
Tupac’s life was played out in a linear fashion from birth to death and although the film lasted almost 2 and a half hours, I never lost interest. Tupac was a really remarkable man and he accomplished so much in his life. I feel that the film showed just how much he and his family did for America.
Both the positives and negatives of his music were conveyed in the film which allowed the importance of truth to overpower the value of painting Tupac in a positive light to contrast with the media.
I think the only way this film could be improved would be to get an even more personal view of Tupac’s life. Maybe by seeing the action from his point of view rather than from an outsiders perspective, this could be possible.
I have no idea why this film has already received some negative reviews so I would highly recommend you go watch it if you haven’t already.