All Eyez On Me – The Glorified Life of Tupac Shakur

Sunday, 18 June 2017 316 Views 0 Comments
All Eyez On Me – The Glorified Life of Tupac Shakur

It seems like once a year now, a movie about Rap’s glory days is released. This week it was All Eyez On Me, a movie about Tupac Shakur and the tragic ending to his life. This movie comes at a time where movies like Bigger and Straight Outta Compton were big hits and now looking to explore one of the last big names of rap in the 90s. With a movie based on a rapper that sold over 75 million records, you knew this movie would sell some tickets. The question is would it hold up to actual story of his life.


The movie stars Demetrius Shipp Jr. as Tupac and shows brief moments of his life growing up in Harlem and Baltimore before moving to Los Angles and getting involved in that rap game. The movie took the safe approach showing where Tupac learned his motivation from, then where he would learn how to write poetry which in turn shows how he can rap. Once you know how Tupac put the pieces together, we move into the mainstream success and the whole east coast west coast, bad boy and death row record feud. Some of the supporting cast was Danai Gurira as Tupac’s mom Afeni Shakur and Kat Graham as Jada Pinkett. The cast did a really good job of telling their story, it was more so the direction of the film.


The first thing that comes to mind is how all these movies should really work on getting the same actors reprising their roles. Seeing another actor take on the role of Dr.Dre and Snoop Dogg is just getting weird and if these movies keep coming out, they should look for some consistency. The movie shows where Tupac came from and sadly what happen to him though the run time of 220 mins is a little long. One great part was showing some of his music videos redone with the new actor as well as the tension there was at Death Row Records. The film’s direction could have tried something different and not play it safe but in the end it worked for an entertaining film.


Would we recommend it? You could wait till it’s out on the movie channels for the casual viewer but if you’re one of those who enjoyed rap in the mid 1990s, this is probably a must see, just like you’ve watched straight outta Compton, just it’s nowhere near the standard of NWA.

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