Our expectations of hip-hop biopics may have been elevated by Straight Outta Compton, but they come back down to earth with a heavy thump in All Eyez on Me, a ploddingly pedestrian dramatization of Tupac Shakur’s brief, tumultuous life.

Two decades after after his death, Tupac remains big business.

The saving grace is big-screen debutant Demetrius Shipp Jr., whose father actually worked with Tupac on one of his later albums.

Propelled to fame as a fringe member of Oakland rap crew Digital Underground, Tupac emerges as a charismatic new voice in hip-hop.

Obviously these are contentious and legally delicate matters, but too much of All Eyez on Me seems designed to sell Tupac as a saintly soul who was too good for this sinful world.

All Eyez on Me is billed as the “Untold story” of Tupac Shakur, but t is nothing that you could not glean from reading a few decent archive interviews while reeling through his greatest hits on YouTube.

All Eyez on Me