It is fair to say that Tupac Shakur’s biopic, All Eyez On Me, hasn’t exactly been a hit with the critics. The New York Times calls All Eyez On Me “uninspired,” and says that director Benny Boom’s portrayal of 2Pac’s life “is not only a clumsy and often bland account of his life and work, but it also gives little genuine insight into his thought, talent or personality.” It’s not like Tupac Shakur didn’t leave a legacy worthy of a big budget movie.
Shakur was one of the driving forces behind the early hip-hop scene. Shakur sold over 75 million albums worldwide and is hailed as one of the most influential rappers of all time. Tupac was jailed on sexual assault charges, and he was murdered in a drive-by shooting after attending a boxing match with Suge Knight. Shakur was just 25-years-old when he was killed in what is generally accepted to be the result of feuds between east and west coast criminal gangs.
Shakur’s mother Afeni, who died last year, was a civil rights activist and a Black Panther, and his stepfather declared himself a revolutionary. Shakur’s was a life mired in controversy, guns, and drugs, and yet Entertainment Times describes All Eyez On Me as “clumsy and bland,” a far cry from Tupac’s real life.
All Eyez On Me is a biographical drama, so perhaps the producers could be forgiven, for not being entirely accurate. However, some errors are easily avoided. If you set out to capture the feel of the 1990’s, including modern day consumer items like iPhones, shows a lamentable degree of carelessness.
In All Eyez On Me, Shakur is seen browsing an iPhone 7, the latest edition of a cell phone, that was first introduced over a decade after Shakur’s death. Amused movie fans are speculating that Tupac was searching for dates on Tinder, an app that was launched in 2012. A lack of believability is something that is sure to kill the mood of any biographical movie.
It’s not just the critics who are panning All Eyez On Me, Rapper 50 Cent has totally trashed the movie. 50 Cent took to Instagram to trash the iPhone scene, saying that “there’s a scene in it where Faith and 2Pac are taking a picture and there’s a f***ing iPhone in it.” Fiddy also claimed that he wanted his money back after watching All Eyez On Me.
Tupac fans have at least seen the funny side of the iPhone gaff, and social media has been awash with amusing comments. Ibe Allen said on Twitter that “Tupac was always ahead of his time so it’s no surprise people saying he had an iPhone 7 in All Eyez On Me.”
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