Title – Straight Outta Compton (2015)
Director – F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job)
Cast – O’Shea Jackson Jr, Jason Mitchell, Corey Hawkins, Paul Giamatti
Plot – A biopic charting the rise and fall of the rap group N.W.A, who took the world by storm in the late 1980’s/early 1990’s, giving voice to those that before them had none.
“Speak a little truth and people lose their minds”
Review by Eddie on 8/09/2015
(Best enjoyed read to the tune of Boys in the Hood)
Straight Outta Compton is most certainly pretty dope
It’s long though so make sure you got ample popcorn and coke
The story of these pioneering rappers is a story worth telling
Even though there’s far too much intent starring and yelling
This is a tale filled with music, drama and boys from the hood
It’s important that the film then casted so good
Filled with up and comers, unknowns and a scene chewing Oscar nominee
Straight Outta Compton really creates a believable hip hop company
Stand outs are Jason Mitchell as Eaze-E, Corey Hwakins as Dr. Dre and O’Shea Jackson Jr as his father Ice Cube
And Keith Stanfield as Snoop Dogg really is quite the dude
Director F. Gary Gray directs with a steady and well-tuned hand
No doubt steaming from the time he had once spent with the band
He makes the group feel alive and the streets of Compton as well
Without this energy and attention it could’ve been the films death knell
The problem with Grey’s film is that it steadily loses steam
There’s also a lot of glossing over details that make the group seem a little to clean
And you can’t help but feel that the boys from N.W.A were slightly more mean
For in many ways the film feels gritty, realistic and raw
But the group itself only show glimmers of what made them enemies of the law
Overall the film shines most when the music takes centre stage and the creative process takes hold
And in the end you’re glad that this story was for the big screen told
One of the better music films of recent years
Despite its melodramatic TV movie nature, Straight Outta Compton brings the tunes, the laughs and the tears.
In Summary –
Straight Outta Compton is a slick and well-made biopic that does a fine job of handling so many stories in one cohesive narrative. After bursting out of the blocks Compton does eventually start to run out of steam however and it would be hard to argue against the fact that the films best scenes are held within the first half.
It’s hard also to not feel slightly ripped off by the fact that these men are made out to be slightly to pristine from their colourful background with crime and misdemeanours but with Mr. Cube and the Dr on board behind the scenes they clearly had a say on what the final cut looked like.
With a winning cast and fine direction from Gray, Compton is overall a winner and no doubt a great event for those array of fans of N.W.A that have for many years waited for this story to be told.
3 ½ Nash Edgerton’s out of 5