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This was a biopic done right, with both an engaging plot and accurate depictions to the real-life events that unfolded. The performances are top notch, they give the iconic members both character and identity. Gary's directing was confident and on point every step of the way. The great screenplay and soundtrack furthermore, make it stand out in a major way. What a powerful story about N.W.A we saw on display here.
Straight Outta Compton blazes through one of the most infamous music acts ever with bravado and conviction. Reminding audiences where modern rap music originated from and paying homage to those that shaped it.
The story of N.W.A. is a very interesting story and was easy to see why it would become a movie. O'Shea Jackson, Jr. does an amazing job portraying his father and you get to see the impact that N.W.A. had in the music industry. Even if you're not a fan of rap music it is still a very interesting film to watch just to see how good N.W.A.'s music was.
Smooth transitions between each sub of storylines, exciting soundtrack and score music plays throughout the movie creating a well polished epic. Well worth the watch and one that can be pulled out every year or so. F gary gray did a great job with this movie. Enjoyable, gritty, comedic, drama. Well done.
A film that tells a story, but not the whole story. Straight Outta Compton paints the members of NWA in a likable way but overlooks major negative aspects and actions of the groups members lives as to not damage the reputations of Ice-Cube and Dr. Dre.
Straight Outta Compton is an excellent film. It is about the group NWA emerges from the mean streets of Compton in Los Angeles. O'Shea Jackson, Jr. and Corey Hawkins give excellent performances. The screenplay is well written. F. Gary Gray did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed watching this motion picture because of the drama.
It was fascinating to see the behind the scenes story of childhood icons.
Strengths: Even if you aren't a fan of rap music, there's no denying that this is a straight up cool movie. It does well to capture what made N.W.A. stand out in the first place. Though these are stories that have been told before, there's a sense of wonder to everything that happens. Seeing how the turmoil within the group started early makes for compelling and tense scenes. The acting is on point. O'Shea Jackson Jr. (Ice Cube) plays his father and nails it. I'm sure it helps to have that much of a personal connection to who you're playing and Jackson makes the most of it. He essentially is Ice Cube. Jason Mitchell (Easy E) is another highlight. Though his character does some questionable things early, you can relate to him. The scene where he finds out he has AIDS is heartbreaking and expertly acted. Corey Hawkins (Dr. Dre) and Paul Giamatti (Jerry Heller) both do well. I also got a kick out of how some of the other characters are played by people who look, act, and sound like their real life counterparts. Keith Stanfield (Snoop Dogg) is the best of that bunch, but R. Marcus Taylor (Suge Knight) is great, too. Obviously, the soundtrack is stellar and fitting of the movie.
Weaknesses: At times, it can feel excessively long. With a runtime hovering around two and a half hours, it probably could've done with some trimming. As good as the soundtrack was, it never felt like there was quite enough music in the movie. It feels off for a film about music stars. I also wasn't 100% behind the way things were depicted. The way this story goes, only Suge Knight comes across as the bad guy and for the most part, you can sympathize with everyone else. That seems like a bit of a stretch.
Overall: The one glaring issue with this movie is the length. If you shave off some of the first act, it would tighten things up, especially with the other two acts moving along nicely. The acting and direction are both great, making for a very strong retelling of a true story.
Director F. Gray Gray really took the meaning of "Fight the Power" from Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" to a fully-committed powerful height in a well-suited biopic that revived the riveting, rebellious spirit and depth of its time while also being apparently relevant, courtesy of the solid cast's energetically terrific performances in demonstrating tough stances and the musical power of hip-hop. (A-)
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I really wanted to like this. Straight Outta Compton exemplifies "a mile wide and an inch deep". Many years are covered, if you care about people talking about contracts and money for 2 and a half hours, this is your film. There's very little music in the film for a film about musicians. Apparently, the only person who did anything wrong was Shuge Knight. I'm not sure what the point was of making this film was if they were going to sanitize the story. I'm sure it was more interesting in real life. If it wasn't, then I wouldn't even want their success.