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.
Indulges the worst biopic tendencies of feeling like a greatest hits montage, written to inflate the egos of visionaries who now, on the right side of history, have lost what made them essential voices. Worst of all - absolutely no ear for the creative process, here songs and ideas come fully formed at conception. 'Time is Illmatic' is a better distillation of an important moment in rap history.