Cert: 15 Runtime: 147 mins Director: F. Gary Gray Cast: Jason Mitchell, Corey Hawkins, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Aldis Hodge and Neil Brown, Jr.
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I wouldn’t say I am the biggest rap fan. N.W.A is the kind of rap I first heard in the 90’s and lets be honest there were some catchy tunes. I always love a good biopic film and this is the main reason why I wanted to watch it. So what is Straight Outta Compton about? In 1987, five young men began a hip-hop group that would go on to change musical history. Together, N.W.A. became one of the most controversial bands of all time, using brutally honest rhymes that reflected the frustration and anger about being young and black in 1980s America. This no-holds-barred tells the true story of Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, MC Ren and DJ Yella and how they, through their music, stood up against the authorities that tried to shut them down.
The strongest elements here are the production value and acting. Straight Outa Compton has some of the best recreated concert footage since The Doors. When the concert in Detroit was commencing, I almost forgot I was watching a movie and that I was watching a documentary. All five boys resemble their counterparts in a way that adds to the documentary argument. Even watching O’Shea Jackion (who also happens to be Ice Cube’s son) sing “F**k the Police” was freaky with how much he resembles Ice Cube.The movie is standard as a bio pic I would have ruled it as an entertaining piece of music history had it not been for the unnecessary last forty five minutes. Without giving away who it is, one character coughs and the movie embarks on the trope of padding it until they die twenty minutes later. It’s predictable and easily could have been cut and implied instead. As sad as a death in the family is, the movie needed to make it’s cuts and choices a bit better for the sake of a flowing story.