Kariem McCormick reviews the Tupac Shakur All Eyez on Me film at the Boston advance screening


Boston movie review
film: Tupac “All Eyez on Me, Legends never Die”
as written by Kariem McCormick, Student
Roxbury Community College/Year Up Boston

from the AboutBlackBoston Online advance screening promotion

 Being one of the first people in Boston to see the advanced screening of “All Eyez on Me” I felt like I was now somehow part of the music industry. I felt very VIP-ish, and not because of the red carpet that the Boston Common Loews Theater so elegantly has as it’s spread either. I just felt like I was about to be let in on a well kept secret. As I walked in to see a large crowd of people who also had tickets to watch the movie , I decided to humble myself. There weren’t even many “good seats” to choose from by the time I had arrived. Which to me was already a sign of a good movie, or at least a well promoted one. So I chose seats for me and my plus one at the very end of a middle row, which I looked at the bright side of that as I wouldn’t have to climb over anybody to go get popcorn.

Tupac Shakur film review
the untold story

In regards to the actual motion picture, I had expected the director to F- this one up, which is usually the consensus when someone tries to take a shot at telling the story of one of our Late Great entertainers. But from beginning to end I was afraid that if I left my seat I would miss something. I felt Pac’s spirit in the movie theater that day. It was like a mini-concert as they walked us through Pac’s timeline and relived the creation of some of his greatest hits. Everybody who knew the words were singing along. It was much to my pleasure when I seen the white guy next to me rocking as hard as I was along to 2Pac’s music and knowing his lyrics at that.

I think it took the crowd a short while to open up and really receive the movie as they should have. Most peoples perception of Pac probably holds a tone that is more serious and intense than his actual character so some of the humor that the movie possessed probably didn’t resonate with everybody but as the movie went on the crowd began to react appropriately to those moments. There were moments where you can feel emotions rise in the crowd as they did in the movie. I was happy with the fact the movie wasn’t cut too short and they didn’t skip milestones in his career just to make the movie fit a certain time limit. But more importantly by the end of the movie it just gave my appreciate for Pac’s contributions a fresh breath and had me leaving the theater wishing he was alive but sad knowing there will never be another.

Kariem McCormick, Student
Roxbury Community College/Year Up Boston
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