Ever wonder how Hollywood can spend $60 million on a major motion picture, and then get the story so hopelessly wrong that those who were there in real life can't wait to dump all over it?
Welcome to All Eyez On Me, the Tupac Shakur biopic that was almost a decade in the making, with multiple directors and screenwriters hired and fired during the endlessly laboured birth.
As we’ve already pointed out with our review, the film isn’t going to make anyone forget Straight Outta Compton, this thanks to its sugarcoating the life of a rapper who—while remembered as fans as a saint—had a dark, violent, and fucked-up side.
Major All Eyez On Me missteps only start with, believe it or not, attempting to turn a guilty verdict in a hotel rape into a watershed moment for the American civil rights movement.
Despite a strong performance by newcomer Demetrius Shipp Jr., the movie's being savaged on sites like Metacritic (40 out of 100) and Rotten Tomatoes (26% percent fresh).
But the most damning slam of all might have come from Jada Pinkett-Smith, played in the film by Katerina Graham. The actress, sometimes-singer, and Hollywood power-player was close with Shakur back when they were both teenagers in Baltimore.
Pinkett-Smith was quick to take to Twitter today to point out where All Eyez On Me got more than one thing wrong when it came to depicting moments in her relationship with Shakur. A bunch of them never even happened.
And if the filmmakers got this much wrong with a character who’s a minor part of the picture, God knows what else they blew.
Here’s selection of Pinkett-Smith's Tweets.
To her credit, and proving she's a class act, Pinkett-Smith blamed Hollywood, rather than Shipp Jr. and Graham, for the less-than-accurate portayal of events.