Straight Outta Compton

Overall Rating: 8 out of 10 Based on 1 Review

In the mid-1980s, the streets of Compton, California, were some of the most dangerous in the country. When five young men translated their experiences growing up into brutally honest music that rebelled against abusive authority, they gave an explosive voice to a silenced generation. Following the meteoric rise and fall of N.W.A., Straight Outta Compton tells the story of how these youngsters revolutionized music and pop culture forever.

Starring: Aldis Hodge, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown Jr., O'Shea Jackson Jr.

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  • Review MVP rated this 8 out of 10

    Written on 2 September 2015 Member since 9 May 2011
    rating-8
    Pros:

    All the memories of the music of that time comes flooding back.

    Great performances by the actors to be so close to spot on of who they are portraying.

    Cons:

    A lot of things had to be brushed over to fit into the movie. Would have loved to see more into these moments.

    Overall:

    Now how do you fit in the lives of one of the most influential rap groups of all time into a movie? I’m still not sure but I know that they could easily do a follow up with even more with all the crazy things that made the headlines during the 90’s. The movie shows the rise of N.W.A. from their accidental formation, through their controversial music and success, to their break up and aftermath with all the fighting and the individual success that came from it, all the way through until Eazy-E’s death in 1995.

    All the big names of the time are represented including Snoop, Tupac, and Suge Knight who play their roles in the rise of Death Row Records. The performances from the so far unknown actors are so spot on you think you are watching the actual group at times with real footage. Obviously a lot has been promoted with Ice Cube’s son playing him in the movie but he did deserve it with a great performance representing the master lyricist in the group. So much respect has to go out to Ice Cube with all the strong lyrics that he wrote that helped N.W.A. become the success that they were. But it seemed that the perfect storm brought them together to all play their part in the group and it is so interesting to see how they came together and what they had to go through to be heard.

    You will find yourself asking ‘what if?’ so many times with things could have turned out so differently in so many ways. Definitely one for the fans, or the future fans with so much music not only coming from the N.W.A. catalogue but also the success had by Dr. Dre and Ice Cube as individuals. Through this, a whole new generation could be introduced to the great work of these artists.

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