Movie Review: Straight Outta Compton
I have heard nothing but good things about Straight Outta Compton and after watching it this weekend, I can see why. It is hands down one of the best movies of the year. The F. Gary Gray-directed biopic told the story of the pioneers of gangsta rap, NWA, and much more.
The movie starts by introducing us to each member of NWA. Eazy-E was dealing drugs. Dr. Dre was trying to DJ to make money for his family. Ice Cube was writing lyrics and rapping with a small group. DJ Yella was working with Dr. Dre in the group World Class Wreckin Cru. And MC Ren was a friend of Eazy-E and writing lyrics himself. But their lives all came together when they recorded a song together on Ruthless Records, the label they started.
The song blew up and became a hit. This led to a relationship with agent Jerry Heller. The relationship with Heller helped and hurt NWA as the group rose to fame but also started to break apart. The movie continues to tell the story of NWA’s success and eventual downfall and everything that grew from this legendary group.
I was very impressed with the movie. It was wonderfully acted by the entire cast. Everyone who was in the film was excellent. From the guys in NWA to Jerry Heller to other characters featured, like Suge Knight and Tupac Shakur. The film was also shot beautifully and showed the grit and grime of Compton. I really felt like I was back in time watching this movie.
There isn’t enough I can say about how good this movie was. I enjoyed everything about it. The cast and crew was great. The scenery was great. The music was, of course, amazing. And the story was told perfectly, letting fans behind the scenes of one of the best and most controversial groups ever. So if you are a fan of NWA, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Death Row, Snoop Dogg, Tupac, or any other rapper from those days, don’t hesitate to check out Straight Outta Compton.
Daryl Karpinski Jr.