Notorious: A Movie Review

By on February 6, 2009 @ 1:36 pm

Every generation has their bad boy superhero, like a meteor, speeding through the sky blazing a trail for other like-minded individuals to follow behind . . . but at some point all meteors freefall, usually by their own doing. In the case of Christopher Wallace (aka The Notorious B.I.G.), his glory potential was cut down in a hail of bullets –- an OK Corral gone wrong. Biggie — the blackness that single-handedly made the careers of Puffy, Jay-Z and The real life black “Barbie doll” Lil Kim, Junior Mafia — helped give rise to Nas as a battler-champion, forced Pac to change his style from manic to madness, and propelled a singer who probably wouldn’t have escaped the 90’s into the hostess to an heir — Faith Evans.

Initially, I didn’t intend to name this post “A review”, leaving it as a placeholder for something better, after seeing the movie, that is all hat it was — a review, a cliff notes of a Big personality, a placeholder for the film that could have been better. A placeholder that Big is still here when it should have been a loud raucous announcement as wild and brolic as Big’s rhythmic rumble.

Each character — Vonetta Wallace, P-Diddy, Tupac, Lil’ Cease and Faith — were jammed into cardboard cutouts without the benefit of growth. I’m not taking anything away from the actors that portrayed these characters as they did the best that they could do with parameters (aka script) they were given, but instead of wanting to rush out and buy Biggie’s anthology, I was left pondering how much money will Puffy pocket off this deal, not how will this legacy live on.

Shout out to Lil’ Kim, Naturi Naughton, who sexed the hell out of that role. If anything, it made me hungry to see a spin-off film of Kim’s rise and fall.

I smell a script coming. . .

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meleah rebeccah February 9, 2009

I LOVE Biggie. So Very Much.

dan-sean mankind February 10, 2009

The movie was definitely a teaser. It wasnt bad to watch at all even though I felt Biggie’s life shouldn’t have been portrayed on film.

Urban Thought February 10, 2009

I have no plans of watching this film in movie theaters. I’ll wait until it hits VH1.

meleah rebeccah February 10, 2009

I wont go see this in the movies either, but I did buy the soundtrack on iTunes.

The Orange Phoenix February 25, 2009

I looked at the soundtrack and it just didn’t do it for me.

I wonder if VH1 will play this out like they do Purple Rain and the Jacksons. . .

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