Solid biopic that avoids the trappings of its inherently limited genre by deftly combining the stories of multiple lives, and through the sheer novelty of seeing the people and community of this milieu represented in a serious film. It feels like an important curative for Hollywood's problems of underrepresentation, but there are perhaps a few too many shakin' booties deployed to make it go down easy.
Do you want to learn something about the roots of Gangsta Rap? Then you should watch this. This movie captures some of the feuds inside that genre, including the rivalry between Ruthless and Lench Mob. Interesting cameos, amazing OST and slick cinematography.
Straight Outta Compton follows a standard Hollywood narrative arc and it's dangerously close to hagiography when you consider Ice Cube and Dr. Dre share production credits. Still, the film has its moments of energy and inescapable nostalgic appeal. There was potential for a sweeping epic but F. Gary Gray tries to juggle too much at once. Hollywood just hasn't figured out how to get these hip-hop biopics right.
Despite an incendiary first half the film falls into tired biopic cliché and sanitized history in the second half. Trio of lead performances are adequate but fail to capture the passion. Well shot with period well captured. Someone's comment about the victors writing history is very apt.
Went in walking, came out stomping. Exceptionally entertaining and brutally honest - much like the music of N.W.A. - depiction of race relations, the music industry, and the hardened gangsta image we see glamorized. Here it is in the raw. Could be one of my top ten favorites of the year.