All Eyez On Me is the true story of the legendary rapper, poet, actor, and activist Tupac Shakur.
The story of Tupac is out there. Anyone can delve deeper into his life, the relationships he had with Suge Knight, Jada Pinket and Biggie. So if you want to get into the life of Tupac it’s all out there. Jada Pinket has come out and said this film isn’t what Tupac would’ve wanted. It doesn’t go places where it should. That’s someone who was closer to him than anyone. If she’s saying that, I have to believe her.
All that being said, I’m not too familiar with Tupac. People who are familiar with his career and life say this isn’t the quintessential story of his life. I however enjoyed this film. I feel like I learned something about who he was, as an activist and an artist. This film is very jumpy. Tupac and his family go from NY, to Baltimore to California in the first half hour. Certain events are brushed over, and some stuff didn’t get as much attention as it should have. The relationship with Jada was prominent, but there wasn’t enough of it. When she blows up on him towards the end of the film you don’t really feel anything in that moment. Im sure it carried a lot of weight, but it didn’t feel like that during the film.
You did feel the love between Tupac and his mother, played beautifully by Danai Guiria. Her chemistry with Demetrius Shipp Jr. was charismatic. Tupac’s relationship with his mother was up and down, that really came through here. Seeing the same actor who played Biggie in Notorious come back to play him again here was a treat. Jamal Woolard is Biggie. Dominic L. Santana as Suge Knight was menacing, and as cold as he’s said to be.
Shipp Jr. was the star here. He crushed it as Tupac. It was like watching him in a video, or concert footage. They found the perfect actor to play Tupac. He definitely gave his all to this performance.
All Eyez On Me was good for people who don’t have a deep knowledge about the rapper. You’ll find nitpicks here and there if you’re a Tupac enthusiast, but if not you’ll enjoy it. Hearing the songs was fun and they were used in the right spots. I believe you should check out All Eyez On Me.