I’ve never been too interested in the genre of rap or hip-hop in general, which means that Straight Outta Compton wasn’t exactly at the top of my viewing list. But when I heard that this film was “the best film of the year” and “so emotional” I was interested. So I sought out Straight Outta Compton with great expectations and left it mostly satisfied.
Straight Outta Compton is a biopic following the rap supergroup N.W.A consisting of Dr. Dre, Eazy-E & Ice Cube and their short (yet highly impacting) run. And if you are a fan of N.W.A or any famous rapper from the 1980s, chances are they’ll pop up in this because there are many brief appearances (Tupac, Snoop Dogg, etc.).
Straight Outta Compton touches themes that aren’t present in a lot of biopics (particularly race and discrimination, the downside of the drug business, murder, etc.) which can be quite heavy for some viewers. However, I found the story intriguing and I think you will remember it for awhile after you see it.
The acting is superb from all actors, especially Paul Giamatti who seems to be good at playing shady managers (Rock of Ages, Love & Mercy). And I love the fact that Ice Cube’s son is playing Ice Cube.
Although the directing may be nothing special, the cinematography is on point for every single shot and the writing/dialogue is interesting.
Many people are saying that Straight Outta Compton is “the best drama all year”. This I do not agree with. Straight Outta Compton may have a few tear jerkers and a few powerful scenes but I wouldn’t give it such a title.
Straight Outta Compton is a good film with an intriguing story, good acting, great shots and some heavy themes. It isn’t a bad film, but I don’t consider it to be the dramatic pinnacle of the year.
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