All Eyez On Me

Drama,Musical,Biography

The biopic tells the story of Tupac and his legacy Discuss this article

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It's true that the new Tupac biopic, All Eyez On Me, takes some creative license. Jada Pinkett-Smith – who had a life-long friendship with Tupac – in particular has been vocal about it, stating there are scenes in the film that never took place, while big names like 50 Cent, and scores of other fans, have taken issue with its depiction.

But the film’s factual accuracy is almost beside the point (and others close to Tupac, like Snoop Dogg, have defended it), because any true fan knows already that the rapper’s life, and tragic death, are fraught with uncertainties, rumours and conspiracy theories.

Instead, what director Benny Boom has created is a straightforward but absorbing story that will appeal to those unfamiliar with Tupac and his music – which drives the story forward, hammering the point home that his lyrics were borne from his own experiences as a young, black American, and the experiences of those around him.

It’s heartfelt, and if nothing else a stunning representation of the revolutionary rapper’s legacy. It makes it easy to see why he was so influential, as an artist and as a public figure, and will no doubt inspire hoardes of new fans (not least because of the epic re-creations of his live shows, including his final performance at House of Blues).

Truthfully, cramming the life of one of the world’s most complicated cultural icons into two hours is almost impossible, but this just about pulls it off.

As a film, it echoes the messages Tupac spent his life trying to portray, and gives a basic overview of what the rise of hip-hop was all about. It also stands as a tribute to one of the greatest musicians of all time.

Put simply, if you want to know why Tupac was so influential, this is worth watching. But if you’re a die-hard fan, it won’t tell you anything you most likely don’t already know.

The bottom line
A beginner’s guide to Tupac and his legacy.


By Sofia Vyas
Time Out Doha,

All Eyez On Me

  • Duration: 140
  • Released: Thu, 29 Jun
  • Director: Benny Boom
  • Stars: Demetrius Shipp Jr., Kat Graham, Jamal Woolard

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