“All Eyes On Me” Review

“While at the American Black Film Festival I had the honor of attending a premiere screening of “All Eyes On Me” the biopic based on the life of poet, actor, and hiphop music icon Tupac Shakur. Directed by Philadelphia native Benny Boom and starring new comer Demetrius Shipp Jr as Shakur. I’ll start of like this, Boom’s music video background shines bright in this film and all the movies leads are well cast. Kat Graham as Jada Pickett was solid yet under used, Danai Gurira as Afeni Shakur Tupac’s mother was awesome, and Demetrius Shipp Jr. as Shakur was spot on but other than that any side characters are completely forgettable.(I’m not even going to mention the guy who played Snoop who sounds like he had bad voice overs) The writing credits for this film are all over the place which is probably why the film lacks in that department. Joseph George Karmo, Steven Bagatourian, Jeremy Haft,and Eddie Gonzalez should all be ashamed of themselves for providing such lazy, uninspired, lackluster writing to a biopic about such a prolific writer. No depth, no expanding on who the man was, just a overview of moments in a timeline we all know as familiar. It’s like they just read the popular newspaper clippings and pasted together the story…..lazy. Tupac deserved better than that, shit I deserved better than that! Lesser men lesser iconic status have had better films made about them. This should have been equal if not better than “Straight Outta Compton” but it comes of just a little bit better than “Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B” (2014) which is sad for both cases because we owe our iconic artist much better.” ~ Batts

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