Biopic films really interest me as especially when I want to somehow understand the protagonist’s history though sometimes these movies aren’t completely correct. The last awesome biopic movie I saw is The Imitation Game. Straight Outta Compton easily became one of my favorite biopic movies. Even more interesting is that the movie is musically inclined and those who are close to me know I love music, albeit the genre.
Okay, based on IMDB, the story is all about “The group NWA emerges from the mean streets of Compton in Los Angeles, California in the mid-1980s and revolutionizes Hip Hop culture with their music and tales about life in the hood.”
I love the juiciness of the story, it is very rich and contemporary. In this movie, you get to feel and understand the struggles of the lead cast, their determination to succeed and withstanding their ordeal as a minority. The film also focused on important issues that happened during the 80’s/90’s which are still relevant and rampant during these times. It narrated police brutality and racism towards the African-American community. I love how they used their art of music and rapping to illustrate the reality of their lives, the violence and the unfair treatment of the police to them but the filmmaker also get to paint in the movie that their actions also had its downside as the society especially their fans became lawless.
I did not feel any boredom watching this flick and was hooked with each scenes but the pacing became slower during the last 30 minutes of the movie but it is good. You can really feel the grittiness of the movie which suits the urban setting of the film. The cast was perfectly chosen as each of them delivered very solid performances especially Eazy-E’s character, I can feel that this is entirely his movie. Now I understand why Dr. Dre is really a behemoth to the Hip Hop music industry and how talented Ice Cube is as a rapper and an artist himself. Although, I did not really feel the importance of MC Ren and DJ Yella as the movie somehow focused on the other 3 characters. It is also surprising to see the take off of the Hip Hop superstars and legends like Snoop Dogg and Tupac. The scoring and soundtrack really helped set the tone for a gangster feel.
I will give the movie 4 out of 5 stars for its interesting story, great acting performance and a well directed movie (by F. Gary Gray).
Photo credits to Universal Pictures