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I just got around to seeing this the other day. I was surprised to find it was a pretty good film, albeit more to the average bloke’s tatse than the average bird’s. Perhaps more surprising to find was that Eminem does a pretty good job. It helps that he’s basically playing himself, but he portrays it well, the transition from reluctant, possibly slightly scared-looking rapper who’s nerves let him down, to in-ya-face rapper with attitude and lyrics skills.

I must admit here that I’m not a huge fan of Eminem, and far less so rap in general, but I still think that Eminem has real musical talent. He may have problems too, but so does everyone else.

Anyway, even if you haven’t seen this film, you’ve almost certainly heard about the rap battles. Oh yeah, the film really outdoes itself on those scenes. The finale is also what it should be – it slowly builds, then you think it can’t get better. And just when you think it’s finished (too soon), it isn’t, it gets better. The interaction between Eminem and his friends (and enemies) is good, I can’t say realistic, having never been in the same kind of environment, but it’s believable at least.

I give it 3/5, cos I’m feeling mean today – and because the end of the film sort of leaves you thinking there should be a bit more to the story.

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