This biopic was so well done I wanted to find a giant red marker and write A+ on the cinema screen. Despite some ill written reviews I think ‘Notorious’ would make any die hard ‘Biggie’ fan “kick a freestyle” in appreciation of it. Although it covers all the usual topics ‘urban American’ films cover (selling drugs, baby mamas, etc) It manages to keep it fresh like its straight out the cows udders. Most of Biggie’s classics are predictably played throughout the film which really helps you appreciate why he was such a big deal (no pun intended…………ok maybe a small one) The visualisations of each character was spot on especially Chris Wallace himself. Jamal Woolard does a very respectable portrayal of Mr. Wallace, even getting his voice almost undistinguishable from the real thing. Had I heard his voice on the radio without knowing who he was I would be on the phone to CNN before the song ended calming they got it all wrong and how he was only on holiday with Elvis. The only real criticism i have is that I think they could have been a bit more rebellious in their approach to recreate this rap icon. Biggie is presented as the most down-to-earth, wouldn't hurt a fly sorta guy who done everything with good intensions. Obviously this is out of respect but I feel they didn't have to make him out to be a saint as I'm sure he had many flaws. None-the-less I was still watching it with noting but praise scratching on my invisible decks, mouthing into my invisible mic and pimpin my invisible hoes.
All in all a film that delivers and makes you feel good to have witnessed an insight into this front-runners life.
“Biggie Biggie Bigge cant you see, sometimes your words just hypnotise me, and I just love your flashy ways, Guess that's why they broke, and you're so paid”