ALL EYEZ ON ME tells the “untold story” of Tupac’s dramatic and short life. Tupac, one of the most influential rappers of all time, finally has the movie he needs. But is it the one he deserves?
There are entertaining moments throughout which show the lost potential here, especially when music is performed on screen. Demetrius Shipp Jr., as Tupac, does a decent job for the most part, considering this is his first lead role.
Technically, a film about an artist’s life is supposed to get you closer to the actual person behind the image and help you understand their path. Thanks to an awfully messy script and pacing, this one somehow manages to do the opposite. You end up feeling more confused and distant to Tupac and the other main characters as this 140 minute mud ride drags on. The chaotic time leaps in the first 1.5 hours keep tripping the story whenever it promises to dig deeper. The dialog is way too preachy and doesn’t do the character of Tupac justice. It feels like a dummy’s guide to messing up a high-school musical on a rapper. The crew may have wanted to praise Tupac, but they don’t seem to know why.
The filmmakers promise to give us the untold story about what went wrong in Tupac’s life, but after this 2-hour ordeal you can’t help but wonder about what’s wrong with them! Their film’s lost potential shines in some scenes, but overall this is a disappointment. Tupac’s early death is a tragedy, but at least he didn’t have to see this.