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Poetic Justice (1993)

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Commentary 1: Screenwriter/director John Singleton Rating:7.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by frankasu03 on July 15th, 2016:Find all reviews by frankasu03
An interesting, if at times somber, solo commentary from John Singleton. Approximately 6 years removed from his sophomore effort, "Poetic Justice," Singleton returns often to a huge lament; that he was unable to realize any of the number of projects he and Tupac Shakur had planned to work on together. Just imagine, Tupac as "John Shaft!" A shame audiences would not be treated to that cinematic showcase. Fans of Tupac will appreciate the attention John devotes to his performance here, and 'Pac's real-life behavior during the filming. For example, trouble followed Tupac during the filming within the city locales (esp in his hometown of Oakland). However, during the scenic road trip in between, Tupac was on his best behavior. Singleton seems to apologize often for Janet Jackson's performance, a role he apparently had in mind for "Miss Jackson" long into the pre-production and writing of "Justice." It's a forgivable sentiment, but perhaps 6 years is not enough distance for the artist to objectively review his work. As Singleton notes, he felt the need to immediately follow his smash debut ("Boyz in the Hood") with another feature, also set in his environ of "South Central." This time, a story told from the female perspective, enlisting no less an authority than Maya Angelou in the venture. I appreciated the many "shout-outs" to cast members from the early film, and was engaged by his frequent nods to filmmakers like Scorsese and Kurasawa. The track does devolve a bit into that dreaded scene-specific narrative description, and he mentions his (abbreviated) filmography no less than 7 times. One can appreciate his breezy nature on these commentaries, and it's refreshing when the filmmaker admits his flaws. Singleton freely states that he didn't really know what he was doing while directing "Boyz." You wish he would take the opportunity to credit the crew who helped him get that 5 picture deal with "Columbia Pictures." But hey, they're really not making personal films, like "Poetic Justice," "Boyz," or even "Baby Boy" for mass consumption anymore. So when the Director opens up about those projects, it is worth paying attention 6.5/10