Monday, April 15, 2024

Tupac Shakur Bio Movie “All Eyez On Me,” Universally Panned, Doesn’t Even Have a Soundtrack CD


Tupac Shakur is no doubt twirling in his grave. His biopic, “All Eyez on Me,” is being universally panned this morning after being hidden by its distributor, Lions Gate. Critics — at least the ones who’ve laid eyez on it– don’t like it at all.

Toronto Globe and Mail: “A by-the-numbers biopic that trades on the worst clich├ęs of the hip-hop world (that is, drugs, bling and a preoccupation with women’s butts that puts the Fast and Furious franchise to shame). ”

NY Times: “Not only a clumsy and often bland account of his life and work, but it also gives little genuine insight into his thought, talent or personality.”

A really clear sign that things went bad with this Morgan Creek production: no soundtrack CD. For a music movie. Uh oh. There was supposed to be one. A quick check of the internet indicates that at some point someone thought it was coming. But we awaken today to nada.

A source says that it was too expensive to license Shakur’s songs. But “All Eyez” was supposed to be the authorized movie of the estate. Shakur’s late mother was in on it when director John Singleton left the project and it flipped over to first timer Benny Boom. Boom, indeed.

What a mess.

to be continued…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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