Friday, January 16, 2009
"Notorious" Movie Review
Last night I spent two hours writing an in depth review about this piece. Was too difficult. Ended up writing like about 1,000 words. Can't decipher through that shit now. So, as to not having wasted the effort, I'ma keep it brief. "Notorious" is not the greatest biopic I've seen, but being the first official Hip Hop joint, what with me having experienced being a part of the extended Bad Boy fam, Christopher Wallace being a major part of the Brooklyn movement and B.I.G. being the G.O.A.T and what not, I LOVED IT!!! Some plot holes here and there, especially where it handles the whole East coast, West coast "beef", but thanks to the homies Mark Pitts and Wayne Barrow, both who managed Big throughout his career and were involved in this flick as producers, so many of the movie's scenes were spot on factual. The Palladium scene where Funk Master Flex drops Craig Mack's "Flava In Your Ear" while a young Puff and crew is buying up the bar, mad factual. The whole niggas blowing gaskets 'cause a the wrong shoe size scene (if you haven't seen it yet, don't worry, it'll make sense), no embellishment. Mad props to Angela Bassett for channeling Voletta Wallace. A+ for effort to everyone else who acted in this piece. X-tra kudos to Dennis L.A. White who plays Damion "D-Roc" Butler, Big's closest friend who goes above and beyond what this thing called friendship is about. Anyone who knows D-Roc knows what kinda stand up knicca he is and White, who even resembles dude slightly, pulls of the emotional and physical sacrifices D-Roc has gone through for his crew, time and again. Whaddup D-Roc!!!!
Please see this on account that there's no Hollywood effery here. Like I said, not the greatest, but in terms of factual content, flawless. At the real B.I.G.'s funeral, shit was mad overwhelming, what with all the celebs, drama, paparazzi, plus the weight of the loss and senselessness that Christopher Wallace's loss represented, so much so that I was too busy taking in everything to truly feel the pain that so many people, including myself felt at the time. The "Notorious" funeral scene, including actual footage of the legendary Bed Stuy street procession celebration that took place had CJ really fighting back some tears I thought were already spent. Thinking about it even as I write this has me fighting back more tears. [||]. Yo, see this.
Plus, what with it being Martin Luther King weekend, Obama's inauguration coming up and theatre's being sold out from coast to coast for a movie about Biggie Smalls, seems like it's the Black people heaven weekend we've been dreaming about, for like forever.