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Snoop has certainly tempered his worldview, but enlightenment isn't as evident here as much as a woozy weariness, perhaps a long-term byproduct of being very, very stoned.
In its simplest moments ... "Reincarnated" presents an honesty that is its own reward. It shows us an old Dogg with no tricks.
Snoop's involvement as a producer does a disservice to the film. Was there anyone behind the scenes with veto power?
Snoop is a fascinating figure who deserves better than this puff piece.
The rap artist's spiritual journey (he's now Snoop Lion) seems earned, rather than the publicity stunt others might have caught a whiff of originally.
The whole thing does feel like a self-indulgent exercise on the part of Snoop, though he remains an artist of undeniable substance. In this case, a controlled substance.
Anything beyond 'Jah' and 'peace and love' is lost in a fog of weed but classic moments such as a perma-stoned Snoop trying to scrump a grapefruit off a tree are unintentionally hilarious.
The film is most convincing as a musical travelogue, drifting through clouds of weed smoke toward some form of Doggy-Lion enlightenment. If not taken too seriously, it's kind of a blast.
All told - and this film knows exactly who its audience is - a reminder of what famously enriching company habitual stoners are.
Comic, pretentious and tedious.
The film strikes an impressive balance between serious concerns and several hilarious episodes - usually involving Snoop and his entourage enthusiastically partaking of Jamaica's bountiful crops of marijuana.
There's a nagging sense of indulgence that leaves us wondering just how truthful this documentary actually is as it follows Snoop Dogg on a voyage of personal discovery.
A personal journey for Snoop Dogg as he becomes Snoop Lion. Perhaps I am being overly critical but while it may have been moving for Mr. Lion, the audience remains unmoved. Interesting to look at but unmemorable.
As not only a fan of Snoop Dogg(now Snoop Lion), but a fan of reggae music, Rastafarian culture, and the whole marijuana as a gateway to our spiritual selves; I really enjoyed this film. Obviously everybody has their own opinions on who Snoop Dogg really is, and some won't accept this as anything more than a marketing ploy. If you really think about it though, the only thing that making a reggae record would do to Snoop's career is bring it down a peg, not up. More people in this country love rap, then love reggae. In all honesty, I believe that the Snoop Dogg is sincere in his metamorphosis into a reggae artist that sings about peace, love, and struggle, instead of sex, violence, and the thug/drug-dealing/pimp life.
Snoop Dogg ventures to Jamaica in an effort to become a new type of musician. He changes his name to Snoop Lion and immerses himself in Rastafarian culture, as well as recording his debut as a reggae artist. Along the way we see many locals, including Bunny Wailer and Damien Marley, and we listen to Snoop Dogg explain why he chose this new path.
I can accept that some people will never accept this new and improved Snoop, but I'm one of those that can, and I look forward to listening to Snoop Lion for years to come. If you're into the whole Rastafarian thing and like Snoop Dogg, this is a can't miss. If you're just into Rastafarianism, it's worth a look. If you're into neither of them, then just pass on it because you won't enjoy it.
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