You know, the first teaser of this movie wasn’t anything I was excited about whatsoever, and Tupac is, in my opinion, truly the greatest rapper of all time, but the teaser looked like crap. Plain and simple. This on the other hand showed us the quality of the film the way it was meant to be shown.
Not only does newcomer Demetrius Shipp Jr. physically encapsulated Tupac to a near flawless take, but he seems to also be presenting us with new blood on screen without having to stress about seeing a big name actor in the main role. It seems like the story will be cradle to the grave type of story which will depict Pac’s life growing up and through his rap career until his unfortunate demise.
This has the potential to be a sleeper hit once it comes out, but I also see where it could flounder with fans and critics at the box office. Unlike Straight Outta Compton, we aren’t getting an established feature film director for this project. Bennie Boom, the director of the film, has gained major credibility with his direction on music videos, but hopefully he can translate that into feature films as well. I will hold out hope though, while I’m not a “Philadelphian”, Philly holds a special spot in my heart (and my stomach), and Boom is a West Philadelphian and Temple grad… glass half full for now.