Why Tupac's 'All Eyez on Me' Couldn't Be Coming at a Better Time
  • WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2017

  • Posted by: Matt Guyotte



All Eyez on Me, the movie chronicling Tupac's life and music career, now has a release date: His 47th birthday, June 16th. And it looks like it's going to be a pretty important movie, judging by the trailer.

We're shown a parallel between what is happening in police brutality today, and the police brutality that was happening in Pac's time as well. If the Rodney King and Michael Brown cases are any indication, we're still experiencing many of the same problems. And with the arguable height of the Black Lives Matter Movement, having a story like this makes what Pac stood for have more impact than ever before; especially with a Trump presidency right around the corner.

There was a certain line in the trailer that struck me. "The picture you paint with your pen, that's your truth; but the picture the media paints, that's theirs." And the media will make theirs." Not much has changed since Pac's time (things have arguably gotten worse), because with social media, information has reached such a dense extreme that it's hard to find out what the truth is necessarily. Instead of just "your truth and the media's truth" it's more your truth and the thousands of truths you're exposed to whenever you log onto Facebook.

And also, just how defensive and loyal Pac was of himself and his family when he was alive is striking. In this interview with him, he says "I'm not a threat to you if you're not a threat to me," and this loyalty to himself and his family is very much prevalent in this trailer, and we have good reason to suspect that it will be in the movie as well. Something that stuck out with the actor who was playing Pac in particular, Demetrius Shipp Jr., was how giving Pac was, and how he had very similar character traits.

This movie looks like it's going to be important. Hopefully it will do justice to Pac's influential life.
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