All Eyez On Me Review
This movie is a biopic of a Rap Legend or perhaps the best rapper of all time Tupac Shakur. Showcasing his journey all the way from when he was a kid till his very own death. As someone who enjoyed movies like 8 Mile, Straight Outta Compton, Notorious and Get Rich or Die Trying – this one sadly didn’t meet all my expectations. NWA movie was a good example of a great story, great actors and very good writing, while All Eyez on me was more of an attempt of same thing, but fell bit short.
Tells the true and untold story of prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur. The film follows Shakur from his early days in New York City to his evolution into being one of the world’s most recognized and influential voices before his untimely death at the age of 25. Against all odds, Shakur’s raw talent, powerful lyrics and revolutionary mind-set propelled him into becoming a cultural icon whose legacy continues to grow long after his passing. ALL EYEZ ON ME stars Kat Graham, Lauren Cohan, Hill Harper, Jamal Woolard, Danai Gurira and Demetrius Shipp Jr. as Tupac Shakur.
While its anecdotal opinion, i don’t generally prefer certain unorthodox methods to tell a story, such as showing “the ending of the movie in the beginning” or going back and forth with future and past. The way its done in this movie Tupac is being interviewed by a guy while hes on prison (back in 1985) and he keeps telling about his past and how he started everything and this is followed by bunch of flashbacks.
After the story moves forward enough he jumps back to present in the prison and eventually gets out and well…most people know what happens to him in 1986 September. His deaths aftermath was not perhaps portrayed in best possible way – in the Notorious movie they had this cool scene where whole Brooklyn was playing his music and his mother was there to give this cool ass speech (They had similar thing with Tupac’s death in the same movie). They decided to end the tupac movie with a simple interview clip, granted was not a bad one, but didn’t get super motivated either.
Overall its not a bad movie its just that it was rather mediocre in many fronts and they just had this amazing storyline and rich characters, but they ended up delivering in certain aspects.
- Demetrius Shipp Jr. as Tupac Shakur
- Danai Gurira as Afeni Shakur, Tupac’s mother, a political activist and member of the Black Panthers
- Lauren Cohan as Leila Steinberg, Tupac’s mentor.
- Jamie Hector as Mutulu Shakur, Tupac’s stepfather.
- Annie Ilonzeh as Kidada Jones, engaged to Tupac at the time of his death.
- Jamal Woolard as The Notorious B.I.G., Tupac’s former friend turned rival.
- Kat Graham as Jada Pinkett, a friend of Tupac from the Baltimore School for the Arts.
- Dominic L. Santana as Suge Knight, a record producer.
- Grace Gibson as Faith Evans, Biggie Smalls’s wife and singer.
- Lian Amado as Angie Martinez, radio personality, rapper, and actress.
- Stefon Washington as Puff Daddy
- Money-B as himself, member of Digital Underground.
- Clifton Powell as Floyd, inmate at Clinton Correctional Facility.
- Johnell Young as Ray Luv, Tupac’s friend.
- Jermel Howard as Mopreme Shakur
- Azad Arnaud as Daz Dillinger
- Jarrett Ellis as Snoop Dogg
- Keith Robinson as Atron Gregory, TNT Records founder.
- Rayan Lawrence as Treach
- James Hatter III as Yaki Kadafi
- Jermaine Carter as Hussein Fatal
- E.D.I. Mean as himself
- Young Noble as himself
- DeRay Davis as Legs
- Harold House Moore as Dr. Dre
- Hill Harper as Journalist
- Cory Hardrict as Haitian Jack
- Phil Armijo as Johnny “J”