Rated: R for language throughout, drug use, violence, some nudity and sexuality. Reviewed by: Nina Release date: June 16, 2017 Released by: Summit Entertainment
Mesmerizing .… You can't take your Eyez off of this young man, Demetrius Shipp, Jr. He EMBODIED Tupac Shakur in looks, attitude and spirit. This movie went a long way, at least for me, to show the influences of family, circumstances and inner strength that brought Tupac to the forefront in music and the world.
His voice was so strong, is so still, because he overcame adversity on all fronts, having to literally and physically move from one place to another multiple times, and having to hold his family together during an unfortunate drug addition by his beloved mother Afeni. Playing the role and singing in the background when he really wanted to be up front on the stage and finally moving forward with his words and lyrics in his own way to send his message to all of us.
His business life and associations proved to be his downfall. This movie did a good job of showing the forces that were in his life, the notable names in that world and situations he found himself in that were pulling at him, trying to block his path. Tupac's music was revolutionary, and he never lost focus. He was always rapping and vocalizing about issues that made sense to him and trying to allow others to also hear his words.
This movie highlighted the people in his life, names we know today, and we can still feel their pain and remember ours when we heard about his death. Hill Harper lent his acting skill as the interviewer of Tupac, and Danai Gurira was excellent as Afeni Shakur who to this day speaks about her son to keep his word alive. His journey, and his music can still be felt today by going back to the beginning and listening. Sadly, Tupac's murder has never been solved. His soul is still alive though and you can focus and do what he says — turn All Eyez On Me.
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