This film has extreme issues with its writing. For starters, it initially frames itself in an interview that some unnamed reporter is having with Tupac. Well (spoiler, but not really a spoiler), Tupac gets shot and this interview that frames the film was done when he was alive. So this crappy framing device is abandoned halfway through the film, and that's just the beginning of the issues. The character development is awful. None of the characters are developed much beyond a name with the exception of Tupac, and his characterization is even a little weak. The film feels like it's preaching his innocence, rather than giving the unbiased account of his life that a biopic should. Most of the conflict is either over-the-top or very anticlimactic. At almost two and a half hours, the film drags on and on. The horribly unnatural dialogue doesn't help that. There are some lines that are written so awkwardly or are so expositional that I turned my head in confusion. There are a few moments that the film manages to get to a really profound level, only to be quickly dragged down by something poorly written.
I wish that I could say that this is a poorly-written film redeemed by its execution, but I can't do that either. This film seemed like it was a series of bad directorial choices. There are some extremely odd framing choices throughout. There is unnecessary use of slow motion that isn't even good slow motion. It is just as choppy as the story. The costuming is laughable at times, especially Snoop's afro. There are a few praise-worthy things, though. Demetrius Shipp, Jr. gives a good performance as Tupac, and the supporting performers all do the best that they can with the cardboard cutouts that they are given for roles. The soundtrack is obviously good for fans of Tupac.
Overall, I didn't care for "All Eyez on Me" very much at all. I tried my best not to compare it to "Straight Outta Compton" while watching it, but after thinking about it, I think that this film was lacking the personal touch that made the other film so good. The good things in this film are outweighed by the bad things to such an extent that it is almost like seeing a quarter in a pile of poo: it's not really worth it.
All Eyez on Me
Big Tuna's Rating: C-
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: No.