Review : Straight Outta Compton

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“The group NWA emerges from the streets of Compton, California in the mid-1980s and revolutionizes Hip Hop culture with their music and tales about life in the hood.”

Straight Outta Compton tells the story of the rise to prominence of one of the biggest forces in the western music world in N.W.A. Now you don’t really need to know about the group or their lives to follow or appreciate this movie, but you will have a slightly different view on the film if you do have some idea before hand about the life and lives of these characters. Those characters, are also the shinning stars in this movie. Corey Hawkins as Dr Dre, Jason Mitchell as Easy E, and to a lesser extend O’shea Jackson Jr as Ice Cube as do a phenomenal job, at bringing these characters to life, and bringing a lot of weight and intensity to them. This movie is actually really full of tension, with moments that really get your blood pumping. Something also has to be said for all the actors who portrayed young versions of actors, like young Snoop Dogg and young Tupac. The focus of this film does wane a little towards the end, but there is a lot of story here to tell in as short a time as possible, but I don’t think it detracts too much from the film as a whole. The film also does seem to skew a bit on the safer side for main characters themselves, but i did expect that going into the movie, knowing that people like Ice Cube himself is a producer on this movie. All in all Straight Outta Compton is a really well done and engaging look at the life, times, ups and downs of the life of these men.

Review Score : 9 out of 10

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