Straight Outta Compton (2015)
Straight Outta Compton is the real life story of Ice Cube (O’shea Jackson Dr.), Dr. Dre (Corey Hawkins), and Easy-E (Jason Mitchell) who are known for founding the rap group N.W.A. in 1987. This group is best known for gangsta rap anthems such as Straight Outta Compton, Boyz in da Hood, and F— tha Police that express how they feel about living in Los Angeles in the late 80s.
I want to start by saying that I am a 33 year old white male who was 5-12 years old during the time frame of this movie. I had absolutely no background with this story. In fact, I only know Ice Cube from his movies (obviously) and I know Dr. Dre as a music producer. My attitude and views of this movie are pretty much from a clean slate, so keep that in mind.
Straight Outta Compton is an excellent movie! I won’t hold my opinions back at the beginning here because I think if someone like me really enjoyed this production, then people who have any background with these people or music will love it even more. I did some research after the film was over and it is uncanny how much the on-screen actors look exactly like their real life counter parts. If you didn’t know, O’shea Jackson Jr. is Ice Cube’s son so if you are wondering why they looked identical, that’s why! Even though this movie is full of actors we’ve never seen before, they give emotional and realistic performances that never feels fake or forced.
The atmosphere, music, actors, and attitudes feel authentic. Even though I don’t listen to rap, the energy and power these songs bring will allow you to become part of the group and have emotional connections to these people. As I said before, when the movie was over, I got online and learned more about the group and the music because I am fascinated by the story. Apparently many of the real life people were on set adding their insight during the production so I’m pretty sure everything you see is truth.
For the subject matter and setting of this movie, it still is simply about the music and the people. Even though this movie is R-rated, it is mainly due to language and some nudity. Keep that in mind because this movie isn’t a “thug” movie or something that tackles racism or more controversial topics. If you love music, especially rap, then this is a must see. Co-starring Neil Brown Jr., Aldis Hodge, Marlon Yates Jr., R. Marcos Taylor, and Paul Giamatti.
8/10 Stars – The emotion, power, and brilliant acting/production will entertain and educate even people like me (someone who knew nothing about N.W.A nor listens to rap.)