“Straight Outta Compton”- Review:

F*ck the police comin straight from the underground! The most influential rap group of all time are finally getting a bio pic. N.W.A revolutionized the hip-hop culture with their music and stories of life in the hood.

One of the big stories going into this movie was that O’shea Jackson Jr. is playing his father. That’s got to be surreal for Ice Cube. I bet if you told him when this all started that his kid would be playing him in a movie, he’d give you that scowl. F. Gary Gray who has directed Ice Cube in Friday is the director here. Based on the trailers, this movie looks like it’s going to be stellar. Let’s hope that the marketing didn’t fool us.

The marketing didn’t do this film justice, it’s way better than the phenomenal trailers that we got. I’m a bit hesitant to say right now, but this maybe one of my favorites this year. I loved it.

The way we start the film, it really doesn’t focus up on one character. We get a glimpse at Dre, Eazy-E and Ice Cube with in the first 15 minutes. Getting a look into not only their individual lives, that are so different, but are very similar all the same. You get a look at how much they love the city they come from. Compton. That dynamic, the love for their city, the love for each other and the love for rap is what drove this movie.

The performances were phenomenal. Cory Hawkins plays Dr. Dre, and this is his platform to shine. He is very charismatic. The way he falls right into this role is just fascinating. Jason Mittchell is Eazy-E and is just as good as Hawkins is, you see the elation at helping bring the N.W.A to the forefront, but the disgust at how quickly it all fell apart. O’shea Jackson Jr. plays Ice Cube, and for obvious reasons he looks the most like his character. He has that scowl down, and as the movie goes on, you can tell that Ice Cube loved NWA but knew he had to look out for himself in the end.

The heart of this movie is the love the NWA has for each other, and the way they have to be looking over their shoulders for the police constantly. It has horrible to see how despicable the police treated not only NWA, but all minorities. These scenes will move you, not only for what you’re seeing on screen, but knowing that this kind of violence is still happening today.

The only problem I have with this movie is that it’s a tad to long, and that in the third act they are really rushing through. As a matter of fact, it could’ve used more time to get everything flushed out. Seeing Knight, Pac, and Snoop were great, but it was fan service for sure.

I loved watching this movie. I’m a fan of the N.W.A. They left some things out, considering that Cube and Dre are producers on the film, I’m not surprised by this. I hope this is still in people’s mind by awards season.


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