“Resurrection” brings decent entertainment to life

by Brittany Allison

“Tupac: Resurrection,” the much anticipated documentary ofhip-hop artist Tupac Shakur, hit the box office last week.

Unique among other documentaries, this movie was completelynarrated by the deceased rapper himself.

It contained a collection of interviews, journal entries, homevideos and other never-seen-before footage. The film’s purpose wasto serve as a self-portrait of a cultural icon whose reputationcontinues to grow beyond the grave.

MTV and Shakur’s mother, Afeni, a former Black Panther,collaborated to produce this stirring narrative, in which directorLauren Lazin has sculpted the shattered pieces of this hip-hoplegend’s life into a strangely gripping celebrity profile.

The difference between this documentary and MTV’s ”Diary,” or”A&E Biography” is the fact that “Resurrection” has a subjectwho’s been dead for six years.

The movie begins in the very early months of Shakur’s life.

His mother, Afeni Shakur, is pregnant with the future legend andsimultaneously doing time behind bars.

She also fights and wins the battle with a drug addiction.Clearly, his mother, along with her strength and feminism, helpedto mold Shakur. He talks about how comfortable he is with women andhow he is able to understand them well from being the only man inthe family. He speaks of his close relationship with his mother asone of the only positive influences in his life.

The film touched on all aspects of Shakur’s life, including hismusical accomplishments like a Grammy nomination for “CaliforniaLove” and multimillion selling album “All Eyez On Me,” to hisacting career in “Juice” and “Poetic Justice” and then ending withhis controversial murder on the streets of Las Vegas.

Like his death, there some questions that are still not answeredduring the duration of the movie.

For example, there are explanations of Shakur’s struggle withpoverty which developed his knack for acting as he pretended to bepart of the Drummond family on TV’s “Different Strokes.”

Conversely, there is no connection made between the progressionof his music career.

At one point in time, he was a roadie for an Oakland hip-hopgroup, and then all of the sudden he obtained a solo deal.

Another question produced from “Resurrection” is the possibilitythat Tupac Shakur lives on.

The movie brings about a few facts unknown to even the mostadoring of Shakur’s fans. This self described thug referred to TonyDanza, Madonna, and Mickey Rourke as “friends.”

Even those who aren’t devoted fans of Shakur, or even know howto pronounce his name, (Too-POCK) will be intrigued by thisinformative film.

If nothing else, during these 90 minutes, a viewer will becomemore educated on the struggles and accomplishments, which are stillcommon to many today, of an influential hip-hop legend.