This film is unlike what you expect from a biopic, there is no abstruse birth,…
Editor of Vice magazine Andy Capper makes his directorial debut with a documentary that recounts Hip Hop legend, Snoop Dogg’s journey from renouncing the violence filled music that made him famous, to making peaceful reggae music and his conversion to the Rastafarian religion. The documentary does partly explore his motivations behind changing his lifestyle so dramatically, summing it up in his own words best ‘I know Obama want’s me to come to the White House, but what can I really perform’; along with the death of his lifelong friend Nate Dogg being another driving factor.
Although this documentary fails to ever find it’s feet, once Snoop Dogg – who has renamed himself Snoop Lion – travels to Jamaica to record his first reggae album, it attaches its self to different narrative tangents without out any real link, and big portions of it deteriorate into just watching people smoke cannabis. Which may be a big part of the Rastafarian faith but I’m sure it isn’t the only tradition that they hold and this film fails to highlight anything else.
This film does have the makings of an interesting documentary and maybe if a different director had approached this material, then it would have been. Capper only just about manages to portray the underline message of this documentary, peace, love and unity. The parts that chronicle the making of the album do feature some interesting characters, including reggae legend Bunny Wailer, but I feel this all belongs more on a making of documentary on one of the music channels instead of on the big screen.
Director: Andy Capper
Cast: Dr Dre, Bunny Wailer, Damien Marley, Louis Farrakahn, Shante Broadus, Cori Broadus
Runtime: 1 hour 36 mins