If i saw this movie with you, then you already know a bit about how i feel. No matter what i write here, there is one simple way to summarise how i felt at the end of the movie. But let's leave that till the end of this post!
NOTORIOUS, the movie about the life and times of Biggie Smalls, aka Notorious B.I.G, real name, Christopher Wallace.
You think you know a man, till they make a movie about him!
This movie is about Biggy, so do not expect it to be gritty and dirty. They will tell the 'truth', but just like 'American Gangster' and other movies made about the other black American heroes, everything will be excused, and everything will be treated so it don't look as bad.
Yikes, i got off on the wrong foot already. Let me backtrack!
Notorious traces Biggy's journey- from realising his father was never coming back, to getting into the life of bling he admired from afar while his mother pushed him to school, to getting caught, to falling in love, to fathering two kids, to rapping and meeting Puffy, to becoming a mega star, to the beef with Pac, to the death of the legend.
For Biggy is a legend.
It was a nice beautiful movie to watch. Oh i loved it. Simple, and could have been anybody's story. But you remind yourself; this isn't fiction, it's somebody's life oh!
The acting was good. Loved as always, Angela Bassett. Cinematography was a bit undecided, but i think they were trying to be gritty when it came to the dirt, and shiny everywhere else.
It was a funny movie not as a comedy, but with great dialogue, and mimic (Hats off for the depiction of Puffy).
It was also, sad.
Yes, you know he will die. It don't hurt less. And it don't hurt less when Tu Pac dies either. Plus, seeing how Li'l Kim just never got the man she loved tugged at our heartstrings a little as well. And who doesn't love a good ol' love story? Biggy was a man with a love story- three love stories infact.
Each different, each unique, each simple, yet complicated.
So NOTORIOUS is out.
Fans of Biggy and hiphop will love the movie. Movie fans will love the movie and probably forget its a real life story. But warning. If you love Tu Pac, or get caught up easily in the fray that is East Coast .v. West Coast, you may find yourself a little hurt.
Yes, it was Biggy's story, and in their defence, there was no mud-slinging. But we couldn't help but notice that scenes that had Biggy and Tu Pac in them had Tu Pac look like the razz thug, while Biggy looked like the preppy college kid!
Not once, but in EVERY. SINGLE. SCENE.
Which got tedious for me after a while!
And we may never know the real story behind the Biggy and Tu Pac debacle, but NOTORIOUS paints Biggy as a saint. A misunderstood saint.
Tu Pac wasn't mad; there had to be more to that story, so sorry, but we ain't buying!
So great movie, but as a Tu Pacalyst, two things stuck
- the saddest part of the movie for me was when Pac died, and my best song was 'Hit Em Up'
- either tell the story properly, or don't tell it at all.