The Tupac Shakur Biopic: Why You Should Be Skeptical
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And when you consider how many other recent biopics of musical artists from the last 30 years have turned out, like those of the Notorious B.I.G. and Ian Curtis, it's even harder to get excited about Tupac's. Part of what worked for the successful ones -- like Johnny Cash's Walk The Line and Ray Charles' Ray -- was the artists hit their peak of cultural relevance a long time before the films were made. The world already had considerably perspective on the artists' legacy when the films finally came out, and this allowed the writers and directors to provide insight that went even farther -- the kind of insight it's hard to imagine Fuqua and his crew finding only a decade an a half after the still-deeply-disputed death of Tupac. Fifteen years just isn't enough time.
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