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Straight Outta Compton is a biopic that's built to last, thanks to F. Gary Gray's confident direction and engaging performances from a solid cast.
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It's far from being a full and frank account.
It twists the volume dial clockwise.
The core of the story is business, the object is power, and the quirks of desire and twists of the unconscious are given no place in the struggle-which the movie sharply carries ahead to the present day.
It's very easy to imagine sing-along showings cropping up for years to come.
This movie about a group of risk-takers should have taken more risks itself.
Straight Outta Compton aims to cross cultures and sanctify the wisdom of the street-to make a universal underdog story. It succeeds on a visceral level.
Gray and screenwriters Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff at times feel too handcuffed to the group's well-documented history, breaking up the rhythm of the story to check off a minor, well-documented detail of the journey.
The dramatic and tense moments are executed extremely well. [Full Review in Spanish]
Immensely crowd pleasing, impeccably cast, visually arresting, stylishly shot, and stuffed to the gills with riotously excellent musical queues, it is easy to fall in love with Straight Outta Compton.
An excellent biography that works on multiple levels.
Straight Outta Compton is confused as to whether we want to see NWA as the socially conscious group holding a mirror to society, or the string of debauched solo artists they became; the fact it tries to do both at once leaves it feeling confused.
If you're a fan of Cube and the gang, you've probably already made up your mind about seeing it, but if you're on the fence I recommend that you give it a shot.
I was a barely born during the era of NWA, but I grew up listening to Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, and Tupac because of my brother. I was unfamiliar with Eazy-E, but my brother gave me a little background of the beef between them. It was a great film I thought and the actors portrayed them well. It took me back for sure.
A very well-directed, provocative and comprehensive - albeit a bit overlong - biopic that shines with exquisite camera movements and amazing performances to tell this compelling story of the three men who popularized the gangsta rap movement that came up in the 1980s.
Maybe it helped not knowing most of the backstories of these characters, but "Straight Outta Compton" is one of the coolest films I have seen in 2015. It is an absolute blast to watch. Having just the right blend between witty dialogue between the crew and the grittiness of the streets, this film pulls off much more than I thought it would. My only complaint about this picture is that it visibly skips over life events, even though I did not know their stories, which felt obvious. That actually works in the films favour though, as the pacing of this film is great, which it definitely needed due to it's lengthy running time. I bought every line of dialogue each character said, making this definitely worthy of it's screenplay nomination at the 2016 Oscars. In the end, this is a brilliantly directed biopic that surprised me in more ways than one, and one that I will remember for a very long time. I love "Straight Outta Compton."
It's a stunning portrayal that starts from the famed-dangerous group and expands to the overall period of the late 80s/early 90s in hip-hop as well as inner-city cultures. Validity aside, Straight Outta Compton is an emphatic biopic of N.W.A. and its impact in various spectrums. The film's vibrant direction, narrative, musical sequences and performances by the members are bits and pieces that weld together to create the hardcore bravado illustrating the essence of the artists and doing it justice. 4/5
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