Tupac was a complicated, nuanced person. Raised by a militant African-American freedom fighter, he recited Shakespeare in art school, and witnessed the ravages of drugs on his family. He found a voice in gangsta rap, but he was more than just “thug life,” and saw his music as a message of black liberation. That complexity is flattened out, and comes off as inconsistent in this film. While it’s a delight to watch Shipp channel Tupac, ultimately, the imitation doesn’t come close to the real thing.
“All Eyez on Me”
Starring Demetrius Shipp Jr., Kat Graham and Danai Gurira. Directed by Benny Boom.
Rated R for language throughout, drug use, violence, some nudity and sexuality. Check listings for theaters. 2 hours, 20 minutes.
Bottom line: Too flat to reveal rapper's complex persona