Biggie's biopic hit theaters this weekend and I just knew it would break the bank and come in as the No. 1 movie. But noooo, it came in at No. 4, while Paul Blart: Mall Cop took the top spot.
I'm ashamed of you all.
Oh well, guess the bootleggers won this round. Bitterness aside, do yourself a favor and check out the film. I absolutely loved it (and by now, I'm sure you know that I hate just about everything). Although there was a great possibility that Notorious would be a glorified VH1 special, it came off very well.
I won't spoil the film for you - other than the fact that Biggie dies at the end *GASP*! - but here are five things that crossed my mind as I left the theater.
Everyone was well cast BUT:
Jamal Woolard, AKA "Gravy", the dumb rapper who was shot in the butt a few years ago, made me believe I was really watching Big on the screen, full of charm and energy. Angela Bassett was convincing as Biggie's loving but stern mom, Anthony Mackie was as bipolar and irritating as 2pac was in real life and I SWEAR that Antonique Smith looked and sang EXACTLY like Biggie's estranged wife Faith Evans.
But LOL at Derek Luke playing Puffy. Luke did a good job, don't get me wrong, but Puff was portrayed as some kind of moral compass for Biggie, not the Tasmanian-devil-like tyrant we all know he is. Sure, he danced around like a buffoon like his real-life counterpart, but he spent more time giving sage advice than he did screaming and hollering, which is what he usually does. I'm surprised they didn't make Luke wear a mortarboard and monocle.
No wonder Kim was so mad:
If you haven't heard, Lil Kim has been running around for the past month telling everyone in earshot that she wasn't portrayed correctly in the movie. Honestly, I think she was portrayed accurately, but the truth hurts - she looked like a jealous groupie most of the time. And her complaints about Naturi Naughton not looking like her were wrong - sorta. Naughton looked just like pre-surgery Kim. I'm told Michael Jackson wasn't available for the post-surgery scenes.
Lil' Cease was Biggie's butler:
I've always had a soft spot in my heart for Biggie's crony Lil Cease. Sure, he's a horrendous rapper but there's a certain charm amidst his wackness. I'm not ashamed to admit that I loved his 1999 album "The Wonderful World of Cease A Leo." While I was very interested to see how he'd be used in the movie, he pretty much came off as Biggie's doorstop. "Cease, get the car!" "Bring him up here, Cease" "Where my weed at, Cease?" "You wash my draws yet, Cease?" Geez, give a brother a break.
Black and ugly as ever/however...:
Biggie was one ugly dude. But he had charisma for days, and I'm glad Gravy was able to convey that. Ever wonder how Big got all those girls? It's because he could sell snow to a polar bear. It's not all that surprising - a man with the ability to create such intricate stories lyrically had to possess a quick wit. As quickly as he could piss you off, he'd make you laugh. Plus, I guess groupies will sleep with just about anybody, no matter how creepy the guy looks. How else could you explain Lil Wayne procreating?
I miss the 90s:
The era of music from 1993 to 1997 or so was just amazing, and listening to the great songs of that time during the film brought me back. Every head in the theater was bobbing to Biggie's performance of "Warning." And when Faith sang "You Used To Love Me" there were about five or six ladies singing along. There were literally classic songs being released monthly. Ah, the good old days.
If you saw the movie, share your thoughts.