Howdy ladies and gents, time for another new film review, and today I’ll be talking about a film I’ve been waiting to see for a good while now; Straight Outta Compton.
The story can be summed up as the following:
“The group NWA emerges from the mean streets of Compton in Los Angeles, California, in the mid-1980s and revolutionizes Hip Hop culture with their music and tales about life in the hood.”
I thought the story was great, as someone who really wasn’t aware of what was going on at that point in time, this film serves as an interesting history lesson as to what was going on in America at that time, why NWA were such a big deal and how they changed music and the world with their presence. Obviously there will probably be some dramatized elements or stuff that gets left out, however for the most part everything felt real, authentic and was handled with a great deal of care. I like how the film gave enough time to focus on each of the three key characters (Eazy-E, Dre and Cube), but also sprinkled in references to other rappers and projects they’d be working on, and some of those references are hilariously well-placed. The story doesn’t hold back much, there’s nudity, death, violence, racism and it can be brutal and intense, and it’s just crazy to believe that the world used to be that way with the abusive police and turf wars between gangs. At the same time, like Selma and Fruitvale Station, this film sort of depicts some of the crazy shit that’s still going on today which makes it even more relevant.
As for the cast, they were all great and there really wasn’t anyone who gave a best performance in my eyes. Firstly there’s O’Shea Jackson, Jr. as Ice Cube, damn! If there was ever someone who was cast perfectly to play a real life character in biopic, it would be this guy. Jackson does really well portraying his father with his body language, mannerisms and the right amount of sass and aggression, it’s almost completely uncanny. But beyond that Jackson does well playing this creative individual who has dreams and aspirations, but wants things to be equal and the guy has a bit of temper too. Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre was really good too. While Hawkins looks nothing like Dre, the guy does one hell of a job acting like him. In the film Dre is someone who is really into music in terms of the rhythm, composition and overall sound and you can tell that he’s got talent and aspirations to change the world of music. But the person who steals the film is Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E. I’d heard a lot of hype about Mitchell before seeing this film, but even I have to admit that guy was great. Eazy is a fun and smart individual, however he doesn’t always have the right kind of ideas and because of the nature of the stuff he gets involved with he goes on a really crazy, destructive and tragic journey, and I have to say that Mitchell killed it offering a performance that was handled really well. I also enjoyed Aldis Hodge as MC Ren and Neil Brown, Jr. was hilarious as DJ Yella.
And then of course there’s Paul Giamatti as Jerry Heller, Giamatti was really good here offering a character who was funny and loyal, and yet sneaky, manipulative and questionable.I also have to say that R. Marcus Taylor who played Suge Knight was awesome, that guy, bloody hell, he was scary, he could be all calm one minute and then would explode if the littlest thing pissed him off. Oh and shout out to Keith Stanfield who did a great job as Snoop Dogg.
In conclusion Straight Outta Compton is pretty badass film. It has such a great sense of pride, brutality, intensity and realism, and it also helps that the story was compelling, the acting was excellent and the music was awesome.
So have you seen Straight Outta Compton and if so what did you think? Please be sure to comment below and I’ll see you on the next review, laters! 😀