Welcome to “Is It Worth the High?”, where our writers see newly released movies, listen to the latest album drops, and try other experiences while high to determine whether they’re worth your time, money, and most importantly, your cannabis buzz. This week, Dante Jordan ponders whether we should seek out nearby theaters playing the Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez on Me and “Hit Em Up” or avoid “Until the End of Time.”
Product Enjoyed Pre-Movie: A good ol’ blunt of a nameless bud. I was told it was “some indoor Seattle shit” upon reception and that’s all I have to go on. My apologies.
High Experienced (1-10 scale): 4. I smoked before the movie but ended up having to switch to a later screening, which lessened my buzz by showtime.
I went to All Eyez on Me with my parents for Father’s Day and boy oh boy, that is one bad movie. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not worth the high. Even though Twitter spent the entire weekend roasting the movie without mercy, I still went into it with an open mind. I figured Twitter has lied to me about movies before (Hi, Birdman), maybe they’re lying to me again. And even if they aren’t, I’m still going to be high as shit with a plate full of pretzel bites and queso dipping sauce, so it’s a win regardless.
All Eyez on Me is all over the place with no specific destination. Tupac’s life was way too complex to be fit into a biopic. It seems like they couldn’t decide which storyline to use for driving the movie forward, so they just threw them all in and hoped for the best. The movie will tell one part, like Tupac being an art student in Baltimore, then it’ll flash to the beginning of his career with Digital Underground, then it’ll flash to him being a superstar, then it’ll flashback to scenes of his childhood friendship with Jada Pinkett (which felt random and had no place in the movie, even though it definitely had a place his life), all while the movie is actually being told through his jailhouse interviews.
The result has you feeling like “Okay…so…wait…how’d we get here? Wait…now we’re HERE?!” the entire time, making All Eyez on Me look like a dingy Lifetime movie. The only true positive light of the entire film is Demetrius Shipp Jr. Bad movie or not, he played the hell out of 2Pac and I hope he sees more work in the future.
- In another life, Tupac Shakur would’ve been the father of Jaden Smith
- We all should learn more Shakespeare quotes
- There needs to be a strain named California Love
Is It Worth the High? Yes. Even though the movie sucked as a complete project, the individual scenes were pretty compelling and entertaining (plus you have no choice but to rap along with every single song that plays). Ultimately, despite its flaws, All Eyez on Me will make you want to spark up some cannabis and smoke from the beginning until the end credits roll.