February 27, 2015
Lack luster biopic that's moderately fun to watch if you're a fan of the music.
September 30, 2014
Never making it of the ground level, 'Notorious' fails to fully express the grandeur of Biggie Smalls. Jamal Woolard at times comes eerily close to a level of verisimilitude that lends the film authenticity, but sadly the rest of the cast doesn't live up to his potential. The main problem with the story is its intention to give an overall look, thus sacrificing the moment to moment drama that could have been more resonant. 'Notorious' instead comes of a largely basic portrait filled with the usual narrative elements one would come to expect from a music biopic, and given the subject, that's a shame. While the film is photographed well, the direction is nondescript lacking for depth and true insight.
January 20, 2009
this was really good, I don't know a lot about the story of biggie but I thought this was really entertaining and interesting
July 27, 2014
my dad's suggestions
September 11, 2012
i saw this in the cinema when it came out and i remember i was a bit dissapointed after it mainly due to the fact i know a lot of the subject matter through the music and research those who arn't that familiar should learn a thing or two. re3-3.5
July 22, 2014
Sans doute pour les fans dont je ne fais pas parti.
May 1, 2014
Drected by George Tillman Jr. (Soul Food (1997), Men of Honor (2000) and Faster (2010)), this biopic about rapper The Notorious B.I.G. was in development for years, and a number of directors including Spike Lee and Antoine Fuqua, before Tillman signed up. It's careful to being respectful of it's subject, but at the end of the day, it's another rags to riches biopic tinged with tragedy and hardship. Christopher Wallace (Jamal Woodard) grew up in Brooklyn with his mother Voletta (Angela Bassett), at the time during the mid 1980's, there was a "crack epidemic" in America, and Christopher ends up being a dealer on the streets, and his mother kicks him out when she discovers what he's doing, Christopher even spends time behind bars for dealing. However, Christopher has a talent for rapping, and he's discovered by Sean Combs (Derek Luke), who has Christopher signed up to Bad Boy Records, and Christopher becomes The Notorious B.I.G. But, dark times lie ahead after he meets West Coast rapper Tupac Shakur (Anthony Mackie). It's a very good film, and you don't have to know or even like rap music to get at what Tillman and his team have made here, it captures the era well, and the film was even produced by Wallace's mother, as well as Sean Combs. Plus, Wallace's own son, Christopher Wallace, Jr. plays his own father when he was a boy.
April 1, 2014
wow ummmm just seen this movie 4 the 1st time n think that this is a good movie 2 watch.......its got a good cast of actors/actressess throughout this movie.....i think that angela bassett, derek luke, jamal woolard, anthony mackie, antonique smith, play good roles/parts throughout this movie......i think that the director of this musical/performing arts/drama movie had done a good job of directing this movie because you never know what 2 expect throughout this movie.......i think that this is such a really sad movie 2 watch as it is a real-life story movie 2 watch.......i think that jamal woolard was brilliant as big thorughout this movie.......its got a good soundtrack throughout this movie......i think that anthony mackie was great as 2pac throughout this movie........its got really solid acting from everybody thorughout this movie.......i think that this is such a really sad movie 2 watch its got a great cast throughout this movie.......i think that Marc John Jefferies (from the brilliant tv series treme) was great throughout this movie as lil cease throughout this movie.......its got a great cast throughout this movie......i think that Antonique Smith as Faith Evans was really good throughout this movie as she is/was his love interest throughout this movie......i think that this is such a really powerful drama movie 2 watch.....i think that this is such a really well written/acted/directed movie 2 watch i think that this is such a really powerful drama movie 2 watch it is such a really sad movie 2 watch as it is a real-life movie 2 watch but its such a really well written/acted/directed movie 2 watch its got a great soundtrack throughout this movie.......i think that this is such a really powerful movie 2 watch its really solid acting thorughout this movie it is such a really powerful drama movie 2 watch it is so really well directed/acted/written movie 2 watch it is such a really powerful drama movie 2 watch it is such a really sad movie 2 watch as its a real-life movie 2 watch but its just a brilliant movie 2 watch........
September 8, 2013
While it was a good idea to make a biopic about one of the greatest hip hop artists ever, Notorious was lacking many elements about Notorious B.I.G.'s life, making it feel unfinished. To it's credit, Jamal Woolard is great as B.I.G. and the performances from the cast are solid. Unfortunately it feels more like a generic crime drama rather than a biopic. The movie seems to focus more on the negative side of B.I.G.'s life and personality rather than the positive. Notorious had great potential but ultimately felt too modest.
January 28, 2009
hope the acting holds up..
September 14, 2013
This is a story that brings tears to everyone's eyes i don't care if you said it was a rotten tomato it's a story of the king of New York i really wish that suge knight one day gets life.
September 12, 2013
fan of rap artists in general but this was a good movie that portrayed biggie smalls well, regardless of how factual it was or wasnt
August 8, 2013
I liked this, sorta of a "Purple Rain" feel to it.
at least no one knew martial arts in it
July 23, 2013
A really interesting perspective to this story.
June 4, 2013
Overall, a decent biopic about one of raps greatest stars. Not sure how much of this is fact or assumption, but it does appear that the film is grounded in mostly reality. Anthony Mackie is poorly miscast as Tupac Shakur though, and the film sugarcoats the life of Christopher Wallace a bit too much. It feels like the filmmakers were willing to only go so far in painting a true portrait of the man. The finale of the film is quite good however and it does show that a hip hop legend is truly missed.
May 28, 2013
if you already know much about biggie then this movie will not prove to be informative but its still dope
May 8, 2013
loved it! It all makes sense now. Too bad it had to end that way for both pac, and smalls. The movie was great, I loved the actors who played the artists they did an excellent job, and of course, the music is off the hook! This coming from a 2 pac fan. Peace!
March 26, 2013
George Tillman Jr.'s "Notorious," a by-the-numbers biopic about the life of Brooklyn rapper Christopher "Notorious B.I.G." Wallace (1972-1997), is sure to only please the members of his core fan-base, myself amongst one of them. In March 1997 Biggie Smalls was shot and killed in Los Angeles, California, just seven months after his friend and fellow rap artist Tupac Shakur (1971-1996) was shot and killed in Las Vegas.Many thought that their murders were part of the whole East Coast/West Coast rivalry between rap artists during the mid '90s. Both Big and Tupac became the unlikely martyrs of gangsta rap and the violence that characterizes it. What's most shameful about that is that over a decade after their deaths, it seems that the hip-hop community has yet to learn a very valuable lesson.But I'm getting off-track. "Notorious" is a well-made and well-acted movie. Unfortunately, however, it's too by-the-numbers and follows the tried-and-true methods of most biopic storytelling: it glamorizes the life of the character, goes from one success to another, and doesn't really shed anything new on the person the movie is about. Of course it traces the beginnings of Biggie's life, from growing up as a bright Catholic school student in Brooklyn raised by his loving mother Voletta Wallace (a perfectly cast Angela Bassett), to his dropping out of school at age 17 to sell crack on the streets to help feed his baby daughter, and his eventual being signed to the then-newly formed Bad Boy Records by his best friend Sean "Puffy" Combs (Derek Luke). The rest, as they say, is history.I also forgot to mention that Jamal Woolard, as Biggie, who is also an aspiring rapper himself, is probably the best thing about this movie. He really captures the essence, and character of Big, and not only does he look like him, but he also talks AND sounds like him. And his skills on the microphone are undeniable as well. He lends some authenticity to the film's rhyming sessions, rapping to the songs of the real-life Notorious B.I.G., and he pulls it off magnificently. It's a star-making performance that unfortunately gets overshadowed by too many of the film's flaws.The script (co-authored by Biggie's biographer Cheo Hodari Coker) skips from one success to another; that's the biggest problem with most biopics. Another problem I had was that the portrait of the main character was pretty one-sided. While I personally consider his debut record "Ready to Die" to be one of the most important and significant rap albums ever recorded - it helped return the East Coast rap scene to prominence - I'm not totally certain that he was truly one of the greatest rap artists who ever lived, especially after only two finished recordings. And I really would have liked to have seen more of Big's friendship with Tupac Shakur (Anthony Mackie), which I felt was one of the most overlooked and tragic aspects of his life during the East Coast/West Coast rivalries. (People often forget that not only were they friends early on, but they were very close friends.)And while I'm quite certain that the sex appeal of Lil' Kim (Naturi Naughton) is one of the reasons for her success as a rapper, I also feel that one of the reasons she's here, apparently, is to show A LOT of skin and seem like the biggest, baddest 'ho in hip-hop (that's debatable). Big's relationship with wife Faith Evans (Antonique Smith) was not all that well-developed either, as was Big's friendship with Puffy, or the members of Junior M.A.F.I.A., who he helped to promote along with Lil' Kim, whom he was carrying on an affair with while still married to Faith. I also would have liked to have seen some of the paranoia and fear that gripped Biggie in the final months of his life as well, and a little bit more on the aftermath of his murder.Like I said earlier, I'm a fan of the Notorious B.I.G. myself, and so I'm sure that I'm one of those people that would have liked "Notorious" a lot more. That's the biggest tragedy about his life and this film. His short life and violent death made him one of the most important, and tragic, figures in hip-hop. I also think it's a disgrace that not much has been done by law enforcement officials to try to solve his murder, or Tupac's for that matter, and the questions revolving around the involvement of corrupt police officers in both killings have yet to be followed up in any significant fashion by anyone.I'm not going to be a cliché: I don't think he was one of the greatest rappers, personally, but the impact of his music on the industry cannot be denied by anyone: he helped the East Coast's rise back to the top of the rap scene in the mid '90s. As for the movie about his life, on the hand, it could have been better - a lot better.7/10
March 24, 2013
One of the best movies I've ever seen!
March 9, 2013
a breath taking look inside the life of the Notorious B.I.G. A must see for any fan