Tupac biopic debuts in November


Tupac fans should rejoice over the newest trailer for the ‘All Eyez on Me’ movie, or should they?

“I think it’ll be a pretty good idea depending on who’s acting in it, who’s producing it, I just feel it has to be really top notch,” said hip hop enthusiast and Delta Student David Lagoc.

On Nov 11th 2016, Open Road Films will release their newest movie ‘All Eyez on Me.’

The movie is a biopic based on one of the most influential rappers ever: Tupac Shakur.

Tupac Shakur was a rapper, record producer and actor in the 1990’s.

Rolling Stone magazine ranked him 86th on its list of The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

Tupac had numerous family members who were a part of the Black Panther movement, these ideas heavily influenced his music.

Demetrius Shipp Jr. will be playing Tupac in the movie, along with Dominic L. Santana as Suge Knight, Jamal Woolard as Biggie and Harold House Moore as Dr. Dre.

Based on the newest trailer there are a few glaring holes in the film. First is Demetrius Shipp Jr. looks nothing like Tupac. However, it’s not all about appearance when it comes to his role as Tupac. It’s his attitude in the trailer. Tupac had that swagger and attitude to go along with his ego.

Next, their choice of Harold House Moore as Dr. Dre is puzzling considering the motivation to make this movie came after the success of the NWA biopic; ‘Straight Outta Compton.’ Why not use the same actor to at least have some characters look like the original people?

However, not all is bad with the trailer since the surrounding cast members seem to be able to match their characters. Dominic L. Santana as Suge Knight is a great choice because he has the intimidating Suge Knight look down.

Danai Gurira appears to be portraying Afeni Shakur, Tupac’s mother, perfectly. Danai has Afeni’s motivational tone and inspirational voice.

Benny Boom is directing the biopic, however, a music video director is not a good choice for a movie director. He has directed two movies “Next Day Air,” “S.W.A.T.: Firefight,” and now the Tupac biopic.

“Next Day Air,” received a rotten tomatoes score of 21 percent and “S.W.A.T.: Firefight,” didn’t even get a score on Rotten Tomatoes. Rotten Tomatoes is a movie ranking site that devotes itself to critiquing movies with their own experts and with the audience’s opinion also.

“Hopefully it’s good because… it’ll show everything like Straight Outta Compton, it was a pretty big hit. It got its point/word across and I’m not sure if it’s going to be good or not because a lot of things could go good and wrong,” said Delta student Mehtab Singh.

The consistent disappointments when it comes to hip hop/pop biopics is what leaves fans worried about this new movie. Biopics have the tendency to let fans down and are usually made for TV only. The “Aaliyah,” movie on Lifetime is the awful standard biopics are judged by.