3.5/ Although at times it can get a little too far-fetched with its subject matter (even to a foreigner like myself), this film is truly eye-opening in regards to the racial issue in 80's America. Take the story of a rap group that started from humble beginnings, add on top of that slick cinematography, interesting cameos and solid performances and you get "Straight Outta Compton".
One of the few mainstream 2 hour+ films that could've done with another hour or two. The ensemble was dealt with so well and there's so much history involved that it seemed like whole sections had been cut and some larger sections of character development between the group in their early years was skipped over in favour of the more dramatic beats. Still, a massive cinematic take on the seminal rappers.
This movie really surprised me! I walked in with only the vaguest notion of who NWA was, but I walked out a NWA fan! All of the performances are great, but the real standout for me was Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E. The film starts off strong, but by the very end it starts to loose steam and falter into cliched biopic territory. However it is still worth checking out, it is a well done biopic with some great performances!
Glory glory and hallelujah is what biopics tend to be, and esp. when key protagonists are alive, it's silly to expect anything else. SOC isn't meant to be explore the group's creative process or analyze the psychology behind their faults as individuals. It's a highlights reel that serves as a (carbon dating) "remember when" or an "it happened like this," commemorating the history. It works and better than expected.