Hard hitting drama about life in the LA's infamous ghetto. More than just a indulgent supplement to gangsta rap's emergence, Boyz n The Hood is a deeply humane & powerful insight. Cuba Gooding Jr, in his first major role, anchors the tale of 3 friends at a crossroads in life, but Laurence Fishburne steals the show with a bold monologue. John Singleton successfully combines culture, plot and message for a great film.
Wow. It's been 24 years since I first saw this film !. Sadly, it's the same old story going round and round. This is still as powerful and poignant as when it was first released. The characters are all there to prove various points and at times the narrative is a bit predictable but the acting is very honest and all told it's heartbreaking to watch.
A statement piece that, along with Spike Lee's work around the same time, reconfigured the depiction of the black community in America away from the bombast of Blaxploitation before it. When watching it over 20 years later, it's an issue to realise how the earnest, if slightly dramatised, events of this film have been regurgitated in so many others since. Damaging clichés or legitimate problems? It's hard to know.
A well-made and, above all, very human film. At times the plot feels almost too tidy for the grittiness of the setting (so brilliantly evoked), but this does not detract from the devastating power of the movie. The cast are excellent with Larry Fishburne giving a quietly majestic performance.