My Review of All Eyez On Me

My sister’s birthday was June 10th and my wife and I wanted to celebrate it with her. I knew that Tupac’s movie was coming out in just a few days so I got us all tickets to go. I’ll try not to spoil the movie and just say a couple of brief thoughts about it.

I Was Skeptical At First

When I first saw the trailer, I had immediate skeptical thoughts. When I saw Demetrius Shipp Jr’s face I didn’t think he should have played the role. But all that changed as soon as the movie started to play! He looked very identical to Tupac Shakur. The movie tells the story of Tupac’s life using an interview setting allowing Tupac (Demetrius Shipp Jr.) to look back and retell from his point of view.

The Audience

We went to the Xscape Theater at Northgate Mall. We expected a predominately African-American crowd. Watching a movie with alot of other African-Americans is always a treat. We are the only people group on this earth that will give you commentary right there in the theater! Sometimes this can be annoying, but last night I enjoyed hearing every bodies comments. Through out the movie some of Tupac’s biggest hits were being played, and to hear the entire theater in one voice say;

“And since we are came from a woman, got a name from a woman, and our game from a…woman, I wonder why we take from our women, why we rape our women- do we hate our women?!”

This was a group and shared experience for African-Americans, and it brought back so many memories.

The Rest of The Movie

The retelling of his life story goes from his black panther roots in New York, and on to his families escape to Baltimore (where he went to school with Jada Pinkett), and even the later move to California; where he started his music career. It shows how he blows up as a bigger influence, join other labels, and the frustration of his jail and court troubles. The movie also gives a more detailed view of the relationship between Tupac and Jada-Pinkett (hinting maybe that they were closer than they both have admitted).

Overall, it was good movie and I’m glad I saw it.

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