Mixed Reviews for Tupac Biopic
The critics are talking and what they have to say is not good. Here are a few of the reviews:
From Rolling Stone: Which, for those of us who’ve been waiting for this for a long time, is a major letdown. Tupac rapped about shooting his enemies and sleeping with their wives; he also sang that “even as a crack fiend, Mama/you always was a black queen, Mama.” Any attempt at contextualizing why or how that mix of in-your-face aggression and sensitive hood journalism came from the same place gets buried under sloppy sentimentality and soap operatics. This is a movie that’s content to superficially scroll through hits and misses and headlines without diving deeper. It’s biopic-making by numbers, and for anyone happy enough to simply see Shakur get the sinner-saint screen treatment, maybe that’s enough. As for the people banking on Tupac getting his own Straight Outta Compton-level movie, well – we ain’t mad at cha, All Eyez on Me. Just majorly disappointed.
From Close Friend Jada Pinkett-Smith: “Forgive me … my relationship to Pac is too precious to me for the scenes in All Eyez On Me to stand as truth,” Pinkett-Smith wrote. “The reimagining of my relationship to Pac has been deeply hurtful.”
The actress then pinpointed a trio of scenes that didn’t align with the actual events, including scenes where Shakur read her a poem, their goodbye and an alleged backstage argument. “Pac never read me that poem. I didn’t know that poem existed until it was printed in his book. Pac never said goodbye to me before leaving for LA. He had to leave abruptly and it wasn’t to pursue his career,” Pinkett-Smith tweeted. “I’ve never been to any of Pac’s shows by his request. We never had an argument backstage.”
From The NY Times: From the opening, Mr. Boom’s direction is uniformly uninspired: A reporter’s prison interview with Shakur frames the movie’s first half, and Mr. Boom blocks and shoots his scenes with dismal stolidness. Few sequences last longer than a couple of minutes; the movie plods along with a “and then this happened” dutifulness, occasionally cutting back to the prison interview to have the reporter ask a pointed question or two. This almost invariably allows the film to excuse Shakur for bad actions that the reporter brings up during the interview. (Speaking of which, the movie is genuinely distasteful in its casual misogyny when depicting the sexual abuse case for which Shakur was convicted in 1994.)
Snoop Dog Has A Different Take However:
— Snoop Dogg (@SnoopDogg) June 16, 2017
So what do you think? What’s YOUR review? Do you agree with the critics or do you think they just don’t understand? Well I haven’t seen it yet but when I do I will give my own review. Though it doesn’t look good!
Maybe John Singleton will do another movie that ROCKS!! We can only hope.
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