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Dome Pondering Movie Review: Notorious (2009)

DPMovieReviewNotorious What is it about?

The story of the rise and fall of Christopher Wallace, otherwise known as The Notorious B.I.G.

Who is in it?

Jamal Woolard – Christopher Wallace (Notorious B.I.G.)

Angela Bassett – Voletta Wallace

Derek Luke – Sean “Puffy” Combs

Anthony Mackie – Tupac Shakur

Favorite Scene:

During her son’s funeral, Voletta Wallace opens the window of the limousine to see hundreds lining the streets giving thanks to her son.

Favorite Quote:

“We can’t change the world unless we change ourselves.”


Notorious is a film that seems like a good project and overall, a good idea in thought. a similar true-story film such as What’s Love Got To Do With It made for a great film, and was very entertaining. However, Notorious’ attempt fell flat.

The film isn’t terrible, in fact, it is very watchable. However, it just seems like a film that never gets out of second gear, and is relegated to a rehash of history with look-a-likes playing the roles. At the end of the movie, it just seems like Notorious would have been better if it were a documentary similar to Tupac: Resurrection.

On the other side, Jamal Woolard did his best to capture Christopher Wallace, and Derek Luke did a great job of being Sean “Puffy” Combs.

In the end, Notorious left a lot to be desired. It left those who aren't familiar with the true events more confused. And it failed to explain who Christopher Wallace truly was.

All in all, a decent movie that is acceptable for a TV watch.

Grade: 1.5/5

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