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Eminem did a great job playing himself.
Eminem's semi-autobiographical 8 Mile adequately tells the story of a white rapper raised in a Detroit ghetto, where everyone is apparently a skilled rhyming demon. It's essentially the story told by the song "Lose Yourself", and I like how the audience isn't allowed more than the bed track or a few lyrics before the very end, as "Jimmy Rabbit" (in lieu of "Slim Shady") struggles to find his voice, compose his lyrics, and create a viable stage persona. While this could be seen as a big ol' commercial for Eminem records, the unapologetically white trash artist who started with nothing, there sheer lack of Eminem tunes means it's not quite as self-serving as, say, a Vanilla Ice movie. 8 Mile is instead a well-handled biopic-in-his-own-lifetime that plays like a boxing story and has, at its heart, the message that if you want to make it, you've got to work at it. And that's rather more ambitious than I thought it would get.
Brilliant film, I am not a rap fan, but I really loved this. And Eminem can really act, which surprised me
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