Get Rich or Die Tryin'
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Part biography, part fiction, all “fitty.” GET RICH OR DIE TRYIN’ is the story of Marcus (Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson) as he rises from average street thug to chart topping rapper. Throw in a cool as ice Terrence Howard (HUSTLE & FLOW) and sweet Irish director Jim Sheridan and it sounded like they had a money maker. Just like in the movie, sometimes it ain’t about the money.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
MTV brings us another thug-cum-rapper tale in the vein of Eminem’s 8 MILE. Let me start by saying that I generally dig Dr. Dre and his crew but have more of an affinity for Tupac, Public Enemy, and Run DMC. I think rap has gotten TOO mainstream for its own good. It’s lost the street and the grittiness. This is clearly evident in this awful 50 Cent tale. First off, the filmmakers changed the true story for a more theatrical venue. That’s pretty misleading when you are telling the story of a man that told the “truth.” Add to that an unrealistic look at the streets and you have a film that you can’t trust. I personally don’t feel that one bit. Hell, my own childhood was just as hard.
50 can’t act to save his life. Yeah, he’s playing himself but he looks like he’s going to fall asleep most of the time. The only decent acting is from the cool Terence Howard who seemed to be in every film last year. While the story tried to come off like a ROCKY it severely lacked the emotional impact and relevance that made that film and others like it so palpable. It is cool that 50 chose to take care of his kid and make something of his life, I’m all for it. Just don’t ask me to watch the movie about it. You can say that I’m just some white fanboy that doesn’t know sh*t, but this ain’t gangsta. If Tupac were alive, he’d be kicking all sorts of ass, “cause it’s not about the money or the fame.” Stick to the 90’s.
A Portrait of an Artist: The Making of Get Rich or Die Tryin’ > This actually offered up a decent look at the making of the film. It shows Sheridan and 50 talking about U2 and they head to Dublin for some reason. The EPK really shows the deceptive quality of the film like what’s real and what’s not. Ultimately, this documentary may make people more angry than if they hadn’t watched it.
The only other feature is the film’s Theatrical Trailer.
The film is ultimately disappointing despite Terence Howard’s best efforts. 50 can’t act and Tupac is turning in his grave. I would rather see the battle between music rivalries than this terrible movie. Shoot, the MTV awards are more entertaining. As for the DVD, you would think MTV, Dr. Dre, and Eminem would pack this bitch with a sh*t ton of bonus features, music videos, and highlights that one’s ears would bleed. Nope, it’s like they too abandoned hope for this project. So should you.
Props 2 > Rappers who kept it real over the years. Terence Howard.
Final Diagnosis >> Skip the movie and listen to classic tracks by your favorite rap artist.