(out of 5)
Producer Brian Grazer saw the potential of acting charisma in rap star Eminem and commissioned screenwriter Scott Silver to write a story that would loosely revolve around the megastar’s own experiences: breaking out of the Detroit hip hop scene and making it to the big time. What Grazer and director Curtis Hanson have come up with is an entertaining melodrama that overcomes Silver’s unremarkable script with believable situations, excellent dialogue and brilliant performances. Eminem himself is a natural, perfectly putting his larger than life personality across for mass audiences to enjoy, and he gets ample support from Kim Basinger as his troubled, trailer-park living mother and Brittany Murphy as his kindhearted but not desperate girlfriend. Hanson hasn’t lived up to the reputation he started with L.A. Confidential and Wonder Boys, but this is still a cinematic treat that is just as much worth seeing as those two classics.
Directed by Curtis Hanson
Screenplay by Scott Silver
Cinematography by Rodrigo Prieto
Music by Carol Fenelon
Production Design by Philip Messina
Costume Design by Mark Bridges