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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Reader Feedback - 11 Comments
Loved it, deserves all the great reviews. Performances were great, but biggest congrats to Gray. I always wonder about the people who are portrayed negatively in biopics. Did Suge and Jerry have input? Just interesting.
OfficialJab on Aug 14, 2015
Suge and Jerry can go make movies about their own lives if they disagree with their portrayal in this film.
F The Cops on Aug 15, 2015
I thought it was awesome. All around great performances from everyone.
tyban81 on Aug 14, 2015
I loved it! It's a must see! I still felt like there were some scenes missing from the movie, but overall, it's one of the better biopics that has been made.. There were people sobbing during the scene where Eazy E finds out he has Aids in the hospital...very touching and moving scene. Just great performances throughout the movie.
Rage72 on Aug 14, 2015
The film was deep, not just about NWA.
F The Cops on Aug 15, 2015
Cyberdine on Aug 15, 2015
Great movie. I really enjoyed it!
Firefly15 on Aug 15, 2015
Great movie, a definite must see if you are a hip hop fan although the movie focus on other issues as well.
lovinmuzik on Aug 16, 2015
I applauded during the credits. So did most of the people in my cinema.
Joker's hideout on Aug 17, 2015
Amazingly surprised by the film. Paul Giamatti's performance was impressive. He cared about Easy E. but was a slimeball as well. Overall a good biopic and to have young actors that are similar to the appearance of the group was top notch. It also helped that they could act their asses off. Bravo to F. Gary Gray and crew!
deerosa on Aug 17, 2015
love it, way more than just another hip hop doc...this is an all-around impressive film.
Jeff Prioleau on Aug 17, 2015
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