7:30 PM, 27th July, 2017
I’m not usually one to read film reviews before I see a film, which I guess is strange given I’m currently writing this review – but All Eyez On Me is different. I’d heard so many mixed reviews about it that I was curious to see how people could view a movie so differently.
The film takes on the difficult and dramatic life of prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur. We follow him from his early days in New York to becoming one of the world’s most recognised voices before his untimely death at age 25. All Eyez on Me captures his story in a real and entertaining way that works for his legion of fans, as well as being accessible to those that aren’t very familiar with him or his music.
I don’t think any Tupac biopic would satisfy all of the people who claim to protect his legacy – this one took about 20 years of arguing to get it to the big screen and some are still unhappy! But whether you’re a fan of the man, or just enjoy his music, I recommend this film. My highlight – other than the soundtrack – is newcomer Demetrius Shipp Jr.’s uncanny performance, which is worthy of Tupac’s incredible talent and charisma.