Movie Reviews Notorious

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 just watched the movie and let me tell you, this film does not even come close to the real deal, it was ok dont get me wrong, but i expected something better and more factual, you would think they would have done there homework more, making a bio-pic of one of the greatest rappers of all time. The actors portraying biggie and other artists such as lil kim and pac were definitely not good choices, they lacked that certain edge and style. what was most anoying about the film is that biggies raps were not dubbed over, so u gotta listen to the actor do his version of biggies which was not great, and i was really dissapointed at how lil' kim and big's relationship was portrayed in the film, when everyone knows he loved her like crazy, but i suppose its that way due to faith having such a big role in production of the film. It was good as far as a movie goes, but not for a bio of biggie. The most touching scene was probably at the end when he died, and they showd mrs wallace in the car on the way back from the funeral, and the comfort she found through seeing all of the people lined up on the street holding up pictures of her son and playing his songs.3.5/5
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I liked the movie and to be honest I do feel that it showed the true nature of he and Kim's relationship. Kim has said her self that they argued and came to blows, her episode of driven, it was stated how he treated her, how he was abusive to her. Anyone that thinks he "loved her like crazy" is a bit delusional to say the least. If he loved her like crazy, why did he never publicily aknowledge their realtionship, why did he send her to the clinic when he found out about her pregnancy, why did he marry someone else when he knew Kim first, why did he go public with Charlie Baltimore being his girlfriend after he and Faith were legally seperated, but again didn't aknowledge lil Kim. To answer those questions is simple...Because though he had love for her, and may have even cared about her, he knew what she was good for, which was sleeping with a married man, sleeping with a man that dogged her and he had to do nothing to get what he wanted from her other than what he was already doing. I respect Kim as an ARTIST, but not as a woman, any woman that portrays themselves the way she has over the years, shouldn't expect anything more. Back to the movie, I thought it was great, it was very long, but I still liked it, I caught a teary eye at points, but it was good. I actually though Derek Luke did a great job as Puffy and Naturi (lil Kim) captured who Lil Kim was and portrayed herself to be during that time.
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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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