On a steamy Thursday afternoon, I arrived at the ShowPlace Icon Theater in downtown Chicago. With my friend Chan C. Smith, we waited in line to see the most anticipated movie of the year. Many came in their Sunday best and club outfits, while others wore Tupac t-shirts and even dressed like Tupac. There was a chance of us nothing being to see the film due to technical difficulties, but by the grace of God, were one of the first people who was allowed entrance into the special screening. The wait was worth the experience.
Many Chicago radio hosts, members of the press, notable Chicago musicians, and Tupac fans packed the theater for a film that, like Tupac, was larger than life.
All Eyez On Me was the film that answered the unanswered question many have about Tupac, played by Demetrius Shipp Jr. With the first half of the movie centering around a famous interview he did in jail, the film recaps his upbringing, which included his mother being a Black Panther, growing up and moving from home to home due to home invasions and his mother addiction, and how he took care of his family even after once he reached fame. The film showed personal moments that shaped his mentality as a person and as an artist.
The film also goes into how he was discovered, his start with Digital Underground, but the film shows a more gritty side to the rapper’s fast-paced musical career. As expected, the movie showed his feud with The Notorious B.I.G, but audiences did learn of Biggie’s attempt to see Tupac in the hospital. Moviegoers did learn about how fame changed Tupac, the jealousy he experienced, being a target in the public eye, the ruthlessness of Suge Knight, and the people Tupac interacted with who didn’t have his best interest and were possibly out to destroy his career. After the ending of the film, numerous moviegoers were left with questions about Tupac’s life and if his death was set-up or a product of his lifestyle.
I highly suggest you go out and see this film, especially if you’re from Chicago (since a Chicago native produced the film). Even though, some controversy has already started with Jada Pinkett Smith speaking out against the film, this film will give you a lot to discuss.
All Eyez On Me is in theaters now!