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A biopic about the life of rapper Biggie Smalls or The Notorious B.I.G. (née Christopher Wallace), who was murdered in 1997 at age 24, is getting mostly a bad rap from critics, who claim that it is primarily interested in enhancing the myths about his life that he himself invented, much of it in his music. Claudia Puig in USA Today comments "While Notorious is well-made, it mythologizes someone who treated people, particularly women, with disrespect and whose life and art glamorized drug use, promiscuity and violence. It seems an odd choice of film to open just days before the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday." Rick Groen in the Toronto Globe and Mail skewers the film this way "This flick smoothes out the roughest edges, drains off the rawness and blandly retraces the narrative arc of every musical biopic since The Jazz Singer ." A. O. Scott in the New York Times concludes "It's half pop fable, half naturalistic docudrama. Not a bad movie, but nowhere near as strong as its soundtrack. It does not explain its hero so much as revel in the memory of his many selves." Glenn Gamboa in Newsday makes the case that "the real-life story ... is far more compelling than this movie." Bob Strauss in the Los Angeles Daily News sums up " Notorious is hagiography with guns, grass and flesh, but it's a kind of whitewash all the same."

16/01/2009


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I LOVED this movie! I'm a big Notorious BIG fan but even if your a rap fan in general or enjoy a great movie you should go see this! They did a great job, I cannot wait for the DVD now, Jamal and Derek killed their roles, I'm feeling the soundtrack too, even though it's classic BIG tracks its really all the best hits collection so far for him. Go see this movie, trust me!
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This movie was disappointing. Someone said "It smoothes out the roughest of edges, drains all the rawness..." I completely agree. It was lacking in a lot of areas, not least of all the facts. The script writing was corny, and Biggie was made out to be mostly just a big nice guy with a few flaws. As a loyal Biggie fan, I don't see him that way at all...did anybody on this project listen to his songs? He had a dark side, that was a big part of who he was and where he came from, and we didn't even get a glimpse of that. The whole movie came across as apologizing for its controversial subject matter. And what about Pac? He's grotesquely misportrayed as a paranoid, bloodthirsty aggressor in the East coast/West coast beef. Biggie was basically an innocent bystander according to this movie. The whole thing was kind of a joke...a candy-coated version of Biggie to please the masses. The whole point of a biographical film about an artist is to de-glamorize them. Oops, Fox, missed the mark buddy. Someone please remake this.
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