Melz At The Movies: All Eyez On Me Review
The opening weekend of the long awaited Tupac biopic "All Eyez On Me" was considered a success by many even though the film was met with mixed reviews by fans and critics alike.
When movies like this receive mixed reviews, I usually stay away from them but I felt like Tupac's cultural and musical impact was too great to not take a chance to miss this story, but I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the film overall while also understanding the mixed reviews.
Let me start by saying that there's some amazing acting work done by the lead Demetrius Shipp Jr. who played Tupac masterfully as well as Danai Gurira who played Afeni Shakur, who at times will almost make you tear up with her portrayal. Both of these actors should receive award nominations because their roles were very believable and felt real. But in all honesty, the story seemed rushed at moments including the ending.
It would be pointless for me to say "spoiler alert" because we all know that 2Pac dies at the end but where I think the movie falls short is showcasing the greater cultural impact 2Pac left on hip-hop and black culture in general. Did 2Pac deserve a bigger, longer, and more comprehensive movie than this? I have to say absolutely so. But this wasn't a disaster like a lot of critics and fans are making it out to be. It's definitely worth checking out!