Sound Off: F. Gary Gray's 'Straight Outta Compton' - Your Thoughts?
by Alex Billington
August 14, 2015
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? The world's most dangerous times created the world's most dangerous group. Playing in theaters everywhere is F. Gary Gray's film Straight Outta Compton, which profiles the rise of the five musicians that were part of the original rap group N.W.A., rising to fame in the late 80s/early 90s in Southern California. The film stars O'Shea Jackson Jr. as Ice Cube, Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre, Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E, Neil Brown Jr. as Dj Yella and Aldis Hodge as MC Ren; with Paul Giamatti as Jerry Heller and Keith Stanfield as Snoop. So how is the movie? One of this summer's late highlights? If you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on Straight Outta Compton.
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To get this party started, I was seriously impressed by Straight Outta Compton. Even though it has a run time of 147 minutes, it doesn't feel exceptionally long, as it moves at a swift pace focusing on some of the more important moments involving the entire group. They obviously give the most time to Eazy-E, who is at the center of the relationship with Jerry anyway. I actually liked seeing the way Ice Cube broke off and I wished there was some additional insight into that decision. Above all, the five performances from the five leads were extraordinary, and they really make this movie. Without them giving top-notch performances at this level, it wouldn't have been such a serious, and so powerful, look at the rise of these talented musicians.
From the NY Times review: "As that police diversity implies, there is far more to the N.W.A. story — and how its rise signified for a people, the popular culture and the country at a particular Reagan-era flash point — than good times, bad times and throwing expletives at the law, as it did in a notorious song. Straight Outta Compton is being released 50 years after the Watts riots and in the midst of a national focus on black victims of police shootings. The movie acknowledges the larger agonizing picture, but mostly it celebrates a crew of Horatio Algers of another color who become crossover kings turned establishment titans."
What did you think of F. Gary Gray's Straight Outta Compton? Totally dope or totally awful?
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