Those who grew up in the late 80s and early 90s would no doubt remember N. W. A. and the impact they had on the music scene. Straight Outta Compton attempts to tell their story. The movie is a full package of entertainment. It is part road flick, part gritty drama, part rich and famous’ lifestyle, and part statement. It is a biopic of rap group N.W.A’s three key members, and is superbly alive and relevant. The movie is bigger than any one character: Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and Eazy-E.
In the story, Eazy-E (Jason Mitchell) simply owned the first half. And this seems just right as E was the group’s first star. By selling crack, he earned the money to pay for studio time, and produced the first hit, and got the services of a talented manager who did the hard work to get the entire group up and running, and on the road.
As the movie progresses, the additions of Ice Cube (O’Shea Jackson Jr.), and Dr. Dre (Corey Hawkins), the movie takes a more interesting route. The ups and downs the characters face, and the choices they make are showcased in a brilliant manner by director F. Gary Gray. Actor Paul Giamatti is also spot-on in his role as a manipulative music manager, and his relationship with Eazy-E is depicted in a beautiful and impressive way. The movie is bound to impress N. W. A. fans. It features scenes of group sex and raucous parties, but it scrubs clean some of the group’s “controversial” lyrics, for instance, Slappin’ Hoes.
The only potential drawback of the movie is that it can be a bit long for some viewers, yet it is powerful as well as entertaining. And if you are a fan of Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, and want to know more about their early career and the challenges they went face, don’t miss out on Straight Outta Compton.
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