With extreme publicity all over the TV, internet, and even a Snapchat filter, Straight Outta Compton definitely lived up to its hype and expectations. The film was beyond just a movie that you walk into, eat your snacks, and leave, it definitely leaves you speechless.Â The gritty, violence driven, and rebellious feel of the movie gives the audience the raw story of NWA without holding back anything.
Directer F. Gary Gray did an outstanding job with not only telling the timelineÂ of NWA, but each character’s personal story and events that occurred during that time in America. Â Â All of the shots and scenes are very engaging and makes you feel as if you’re there in Compton and are apart of the crew! It shows the fun true friendship bond of the group. The great direction really grabs your attention and it honestly made me wish that I was growing up in this time period. I felt like I was there the whole time chilling in the studio with them.
The story of NWA was somewhat not new to me. I knew about the barriers with the police, but this actually goes into the depths of what rooted the group to produce their type of music. Showing their struggles and surroundingsÂ really moved the story forward and explained each event that happened.Â The film gives all details plus more that never leaves you wondering.
It touched on every milestone from the splitting of Ice Cube from NWA, Dr. Dre’s career with Suge Knight, and the death of Eazy E. We also see the starting of careers from our other favorite rappers like Tupac and Snoop Dogg and the beginning of classic movies like Friday and Boyz in the Hood.
Straight Outta Compton reveled the explicit violence that rooted in this neighborhood that built these legends. Â It touched on so many themes that are parallel to the times of today like police brutality against the black community. Showing the LA Riots due to the beating of Rodney King give the sense of a wake up call to the audience that leaves you thinking…has times really changed?
The themes of any other music biopic are there where there’s a manager that “helps” out the artists but yet screw them over in the end, group struggles, and money problems. There are concert scenes and make you feel like you’re in the audience. I caught myself singing and waving my hands in the air like I was in the crowd.
Ultimately with quality of the movie truly comes from the casting of the actors. Each actor thoroughly portrays every character perfectly to the T according to the old heads of the time. Besides the physical looks, the mannerism of each character was on point. TheseÂ actors were fairly new faces and to do aÂ movie that holds very expectations had to be nerve wrecking, but it was doneÂ phenomenally. The film was a reflection of a quote by Ice Cube in a scene describing their style of music, “[this] art is a reflection of our reality.”
With a great director, producers, and cast, Straight Outta Compton is definitely 5 out of 5 stars and a must see for everyone. It’s the best biopic I’ve ever seen. Let’s hope we can get an Oscar for this one!
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