See more of the life and times of The Notorious B.I.G. in this special Director's Cut version! Notorious is the story of Christopher Wallace who, through raw talent and sheer determination, transforms himself from a Brooklyn street hustler to become the greatest rapper of all time, The Notorious B.I.G. This story charts his meteoric rise to fame and his refusal to succumb to expectation.
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Reviewed in the United States on February 21, 2018
**** 3-1/2 Stars **** I'm rating this compared to its hip-hop history peers: "Notorious" at 3-1/2, the excellent "Straight Outta Compton" gets 5, and the kinda lame "All Eyez On Me" gets 2 (Tupac deserves much better). As a plus, only 'Notorious' attempts to show the mid-90's 'East/West Hip-Hop War' as the pointless media-driven ugliness it really was - one could argue that the entertainment media got both Tupac and Smalls killed, and hopefully one day we'll get a clearer-eyed film on just that (as well as the role of Suge Knight, a narcissistic thug in the worst possible meaning). All that said, "Notorious" is a well-made, well-acted film that even folks who don't like hip-hop can enjoy ... just turn on the subtitles if you want to (finally) understand the lyrics of the songs. And if bad words and violent, misogynistic stories offend you, please do not watch this or the other two films mentioned. All in their own way are straight outta Compton (or Brooklyn, take your pick). Thanks for reading.
I viewed this video and the other video about the NWA and this one comes out on top. Why? Because like the man himself, it delivered a positive message against tragic circumstances. Christopher Wallace was on his way to becoming a positive influence in rap culture and society who, unfortunately, fell into a tragic game played by a thug organization (and we all know what has become of that.) The thing is, you probably know a Biggie or have come across one in your life and you want to see them succeed because of the person you know they are at heart. This movie proves to me that in the big scheme of things, the people surrounding BIG really did have his best interests at heart, they even gave us a movie that is optimistic in the face of tragedy and that was meant to continue a positive legacy.
It's been said everyone has a twin on earth well Biggie Smalls had one with this actor, The resemblance is remarkable. Not being of the rap generation, I am curious as to how thegenre began and took flight. My husband is not a fan of rap music but loved this film and somehow misplaced it. As a result this is a duplicate purchase. For all Biggie fans, you will not be disappointed. For inquisitive people like me, you will be enlightened.
Nobody but "Biggie" himself could have played this role better than Jamal Woolard...add Antonique Smith, Anthony Mackie, Derek Luke, Naturi Naughton and of course Angela Bassett and you have a very good movie! When it first came out I wasn't quite 'feeling it' but when I saw it I was very impressed...'cool' flick!
This movie is an oft-overlooked gem. Before Straight Outta Compton and Bohemian Rhapsody, Notorious paved the way for biopics about musicians. Dark, funny, emotional, this movie will have you thoroughly invested in the life of a kid from Brooklyn who goes from poor, inner-city youth to one of the most influential artists of our time. It's completely enthralling the entire way through and will have you crying by the end. 10/10
A surprising movie - I really enjoyed watching. It was good, because I'd watched A TRIBE CALLED QUEST for the 2nd or 3rd time a few months ago, and this feathered in nicely with the history of Hip Hop.
I gained a new appreciation for this particular style of music, finally realizing that as much as my tried & true favs like Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan and others are musical story tellers, so is this genre of artists. Only the manner of delivery is a much more "In Your Face" type of storytelling, and when thinking of the neighborhoods/lives/experiences and locations where the artist grew up - the aggressive delivery style is a no-brainer.
Reviewed in the United States on September 3, 2017
Much better than I thought it would be! I liked Big's music, purchased them when they came out, but I was a 2Pac fan so I had my doubts at first. I learned at lot about some things I didn't know. I always wondered who the sex interlude girl was, never paid that much attention to it I guess. Anyway it's a must watch! Even for you 2Pac fans! You gotta know the other side of the story, to get the whole story.
As a Biggie Smalls fan I must say this film is pretty solid. The acting, cinematography and soundtrack are all excellent. The issue is the actual story. This is not the story told from Biggie's actual point of view or a close family or friend. This is the story told from Diddy or Puff Daddy's point of view. This story leaves out a lot of details regarding his life and what actually happened. For example Biggie was in California for a month prior to being killed. It was also the idea of Diddy for him to go to the party that fateful evening. this movie could have been so much more compelling if the actual events were told
Had to purchase this on Blu Ray (as it was so cheap) having seen the film previously. If you like rap music, then you have to get this as the music played in the film is delivered as if you were in a club. The atmosphere created as a result is how I remembered when I was growing up. It gets 5 stars just for that for me.
4.0 out of 5 starsThis movie brought back great memories, from listening to the music again to ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 24, 2016
This movie brought back great memories, from listening to the music again to reminding me of the time I met Faith with a group of friends in NYC many years ago. The main actor plays Biggie well and I think he is playing him again in the next Tupac movie due out soon. The actor playing Tupac in this movie doesn't look anywhere near as close to Pac as the actor in the upcoming movie but represents the story as well I as know. Definitely worth watching especially for all the special features on the disc.
4.0 out of 5 starsAmazing movie! Great story! Impressive features! Bad delivery!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 28, 2017
Amazing movie to watch and especially one of my favourite over the years of the hip hop scene and the story Notorious B.I.G, essential for any hip hop fan; however, when delivered the disk wasn't clicked, when opening the case, the disk was scratched, It still works however, the box it came in felt very cheap and thin... Overall a great purchase, including extra features no included on other copies of the DVD.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 13, 2010
This film shows B.I.G biggie smalls growing up from a young age. from dealing drugs to producing number 1 single . 9/10 but ..to me i didnt reaally keep me focused through the wholeee film but still one of my favourites N..N..N.. NOTORIOUS!!!!