All Eyez on Me: Movie Review

Directed by Benny Boom, written by Jeremy Haft, Eddie Gonzalez and Steven, starring Demetrius Shipp Jr as the legendary rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur. Shipp Jr plays the part well, and is a spitting image of the icon. The rest of the cast on the other hand, including Danai Gurira, Kat Graham, Hill Harper and Annie Ilonzeh were less than impressive but this may be due to the badly written script. The biopic film follows the trials and tribulations evident within the life of a public figure and legend within the Hip-Hop industry.


John Singleton was the original director for the film, but after his vision for the film incorporating Tupac’s time in jail wasn’t accepted, he decided to leave the project. With new director Boom on-board, the film follows his larger than life career, along with the violent underbelly often found within the Hip-Hop industry that came with the fame and fortune. All Eyez on Me fell short in regards to my expectations, as I think we have all heard Tupac’s amazing heart felt lyrics and what I had originally known about his life before watching the movie. Gliding over Tupac’s life, Boom forgets information leaving the audience relying on ‘common knowledge’ to understand some of the storyline.  Errors in Tupac’s life timeline occur throughout the film, for example he is performing his song ‘Hail Mary’ to a sold out crowd, but the song was released after his death.

The last scene of the film showcases Tupac’s unfortunate death, orchestrated to Gospel music. The death is breezed over, with a text appearing on screen stating ‘Six Days later, Tupac died in hospital’ not showcasing what happened within the time of his drive by shooting and his death in hospital. With such a horrific act that impacted the whole Hip-Hop industry, I can’t come to terms with why Boom decided what was relevant within the film.

The film showcases the glitz and glamour of Tupac’s life rather than the meaning behind his lyrics and what made him the legendry poet/rapper. In my opinion, the film does the lyrical legend no justice and I would not recommend this film o a die hard Tupac fan, as you will be more disappointed then I was (if that’s possible). Personally, I think you are better off listening to the lyrics within his songs and watching documentaries in order to learn more about the rapper, and maybe John Singleton’s idea would have created a better film.

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