Straight outta Compton is a bio graphical picture of a group called N.W.A. (niggas with attitude), focusing on the 3 main members of the group Dr.Dre, EAZY E and ICE CUBE. The director F. Gary Gray has very wisely compiled the events, which tool place in mid 80’s on the streets of Compton, California, that led to the formation of a revolutionary rap group called N.W.A.
This movie shows how Dr.Dre and ICE CUBE reached where they are today with no resources but just pure talent. Straight Outta Compton is not a typical musical movie, it throws light on various social events that took place in that decade including racism and police brutality. Except the direction, the comprehensive biopic owes much of its success to its young three debuts Corey Hawkins as Dr Dre, Jason Mitchell as the late Eazy-E and O’Shea Jackson Jr as his dad Ice Cube.
All three of them surprisingly gave astonishing performances in the movie, which covers more than a decade of events. We had a lot of expectations from O’Shea Jackson Jr as he was playing his dad (ICE CUBE) and he surely did full justice to the role and gave a power packed performance. Allegedly he auditioned for this ROLE FOR 2 YEARS to portray his dad who is also the co-producer of this movie, surely Ice cube wanted to bring out the best from his boy. Not just the leading roles this movie is so detailed with its facts that the people who’ve cameo roles of the younger artists look and act exactly like them.
(SPOILER ALERT: there is a cameo of legendary Tupac Shakur and the actor looks and talks exactly like him which looks like a CGI effect)
This movie starts with Dr.Dre and ICE CUBE starting from the bottom. Living in a small house in a bad neighborhood busting some rhymes and moves. In the mid-1980s, the streets of Compton, California, were some of the most dangerous in the country. When five young men translated their harsh reality growing up into brutally honest music that rebelled against abusive authority, as the best weapon they had was their music.
This group started gaining publicity for many wrong reasons leading them to one of the best rap groups of that time. As no publicity is bad publicity leading to meteoric rise and fall of N.W.A. With their profane, violent lyrics they gave an explosive voice to a silenced generation.
N.W.A. revolutionized music and pop culture forever from the moment they depict their harsh realities through rap leading to opening of flood gates for west coast rappers and straight outta Compton has done an amazing job portraying those events.
It is impossible to sit still in your chair while watching Straight Outta Compton.
The music in the film, which is about the rise and fall of US rap super group NWA and the racial tensions in LA which inspired their music at the time, is an integral character rather than a supporting feature.
Not all the songs but the movie features some amazing hits of the group N.W.A.
Straight outta Compton
Fuck tha police
Known for their profane lyrics, the most popular and most controversial song of N.W.A. was Fuck Tha Police. Throwing light on the issue of police brutality towards black people.
In the movie there is a cameo of Tupac Shakur recording in Dre’s studio where dre bust in some beats for his new track.
Apart from the N.W.A. Dr.Dre released his new album with the movie “Compton”
CAST & CREW
The movie is not star studded but surely the debut actors will be stars after this movie.
Director F. Gary Gray chose some talented actors who look exactly like the artists they were portraying in young age.
Jason Mitchell as Erick (EAZY-E) wright plays a vital role and delivers an outstanding performance – the film’s best. The way he acts when he was betrayed by his manager and the scene when he found out that he has AIDS is too real to believe.
Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre, these stars had the liberty to work with their roles as the producer Dr.Dre and ICE CUBE gave them pointers time to time to act just like them. The way he scratches the records or talks is exactly like Dr. Dre.
O’Shea Jackson, Jr. as his dad ICE CUBE. This might be a little biased to star your own son but O’Shea Jackson, Jr. looks a lot like his dad and supposedly he auditioned for this role for 2 years. Whatever the case maybe no one could have done a better job than him. Paul Giamatti as their manager Jerry Heller, paul delivered an amazing performance and shared some good screen time with some emotional scenes.
Apart from the main 3 roles other actors did an amazing job too while studying their roles and acting exactly like them
Neil brown jr. as DJ Yella
Aldis Hodge as MC Ren
R. Marcos Taylor as Suge knight
Movie starts and ends with a high note showing the rise and fall of N.W.A. with an emotional scene of EAZY-E’s struggle and eventual death from AIDS. This movie is violent, funny, emotional and a lot more. Though it’s a biopic but Dr.Dre and ICE CUBE being the producers they omitted some of the scenes that they didn’t want to show. Except that it is an amazing inspirational movie of how Dr. Dre became the first billionaire rapper from a guy living on his aunties couch and ICE CUBE being the name he is in Hollywood movies with a sad loss of their 3rd main member EAZY-E.
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