Greetings and Salutations Once Again Audience,
Straight Outta Compton is about a music group NWA that 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. The story in this film really just focuses on Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E & Jerry Heller. The story is a watered down version on the history of NWA to make Ice Cube and Dr. Dre look more like poets and less like thugs in the streets. This shouldn’t be a big surprise considering Ice Cube and Dr.Dre are both Producers on the film. Director F. Gary Gray’s first 2 acts were very strong and well written but the 3rd act felt rushed and could have gone on about 20 more minutes. It felt as though F. Gary Gray up and left the project. The Story is credited to S. Leigh Savidge, Alan Wenkus, Andrea Berloff but honestly as I watched the film I thought as thou Ice cube wrote this movie. The movie takes a left turn as Dr. Dre finds out about his brother, a moment you should have felt bad or feel something for Dr.Dre but you don’t. Instead your lead to be leave that the movie was about to set up some big changes in the groups dynamics, that does end up happening but much later in the film and in the moment it just ends and felt out of place. I think they wanted you to feel that it came out of left field and it did but then it was gone as quickly as it came.
I really enjoyed Corey Hawkins portrayal of Dr.Dre but it was O’Shea Jackson Jr. who stole the movie for me. O’Shea Jackson Jr. the son of Ice Cube, fell right into to place in this film. He never felt like an actor playing Ice Cube, He felt like young Ice Cube with a bunch of actors. Much like other none actors like Dave Batista in Guardians of the Galaxy the director was able to utilize him and high light his stranths and hit his weaknesses, and personally I think hes like his father very talented. I hope to see him continue acting for the years to come. Paul Giamatti is always great if not good (The Amazing Spider-Man 2 not with standing) and Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E and R. Marcos Taylor as Suge Knight was the weakest performances in the whole film. I really wish they hadn’t given R. Marcos Taylor any lines at all, because when he didn’t speak he felt much more real.
Over all I really did like this film and a great idea for a sequel could be Dr. Dre signing Eminem and the beef with Insane Clown Posse. I would really love to see that go down on the big screen. Other great groups they could do would include Run DMC, public enemy, cypress hill, Beastie boys or even EPMD, any of which I’d love to seen a honest look at. I give Straight Outta Compton a 6 out 10. Give me your thoughts in the comments below and then share this with your friends and become part of the conversation.