Just now, Jada Pinkett Smith said “All Eyez on Me” was “inaccurate” in how her story with Tupac Shakur (1971-1996) was told in the biopic. He never read a poem, he never said goodbye to her, and she never attended any of her concerts.
I don’t know much about his story, and the reviews have either been mixed or negative. But I liked it for it’s acting, music, and representation of how vicious the police were towards African American pedestrians in the 80s/90s.
Demetrius Shipp, Jr. stars and is very good as Tupac, whose liberal mother (Danai Gurira) moves her kids from Harlem to Baltimore to California. She also takes up drugs, and eventually agrees to undergo rehab.
He takes up rapping and immediately works for Digital Underground (“The Humpty Hump” and “Same Song”). His rap songs are portraits of the harsh lives people live in the hood-the drugs, the police brutality, and the money. As controversy as he becomes, he actually becomes a sensation. He’s also been in jail a bunch of times, and ends up joining Suge Knight (Dominic L. Santana) at Death Row Records.
I don’t know the whole story, but I’ve heard some things are inaccurate. Still, there’s a lot going on in the biopic, and the music (including my favorite “California Love”) represents the moments very well. And the performances from Shipp, Jr and Gurira are outstanding.