Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Notorious: Large and In Charge

Notorious: Trailer 1 @ Apple Trailers

Notorious: Trailer 2 @ Apple Trailers

Da-yam, what to say. First off i'm surprised it took this long for a Biggie Smalls movie to get made (ditto on the surprise for a Tupac movie as well, anyone know if one is in development?). The larger-than-life (har har) rap icon was practically made for the big screen and his tragic death only adds to that.

The movie is set squarely in biopic land, with some good looking close up shots and decent acting. Whoever plays Notorious has the look and the voice down so no (big, har har) worries there. The story looks pretty predictable structure wise, so unless the director surprises us with a more intricate plot sequence it will depend heavily (har har) on the performance of [insert actor name here]. I give it a 50/50 that he is able to pull it off. It fizzle out very quickly.

But frankly the movie has some of the best rap music of the 90s as the soundtrack and watching the trailer set to it is kind of spine tingling. It's hard to discount that feeling. Notorious gets a positive despite having a high potential to be critic chow.

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