Rating: 5 out of 5
I finally got around to seeing Straight Outta Compton. I saw it so hard. It was a brilliant, in-depth portrayal of the lives of the members of N.W.A. It took my weird love for gangster rap and presented it in a wonderful way. I have no problem saying at this point in the review that it was easily one of my favorite films of the year.
The cast was brought beautifully to life by all of the actors involved. O’Shea Jackson Jr’s portrayal of his father Ice Cube was spot on, as was Jason Mitchell’s as Eazy-E and Corey Hawkins’ as Dr. Dre. However, I must point out that Corey Hawkins looked more like a young Denzel Washington than a young Dr. Dre. I just kept staring at him and thinking about it. Still, the cast was great. Paul Giamatti proved his worth once again as the evil white guy (I think that was his name). Everyone did an outstanding job.
Director F. Gary Gray and company did a great job at keeping the movie flowing at an entertaining pace. I was a bit skeptical when I saw the runtime of two and a half hours, but it did not feel that long at all as I sat there watching it. The scenes moved well for the most part, though there were parts that seemed to suddenly jump ahead quite a bit. It was not a detriment though, and I rather enjoyed the pace.
Little things bothered me, as they often do. There was a scene involving police tactics that made me wonder, “Where is the rear containment?” There were also several scenes involving asshole police officers that seemed overly cartoonish to me. I do not doubt that these men dealt with such things, but the extent of the dickishness for no reason seemed a little over-the-top for my tastes. I know, I know…strangers to me are thinking I have no insight into the world of policing in south Los Angeles. Unfortunately, they are wrong and should eat cat poop. I understand those moments were most likely heightened to bring to light the divide between the police and the public that ultimately led to the riots, so it did not bother me too much. It was simply something I noticed.
I am certain it had a lot to do with my overall interest in N.W.A. and their story, but I really loved the little things I learned while watching. I was not aware of how important Ice Cube was and how much writing he contributed to the group. I was not even aware that he wrote Friday. What a brilliant fucker. They also used the term “reality rap” several times during the movie. I had never heard that term before, but it immediately clicked as the reason I enjoy the music. I enjoy the authenticity and honesty of it. It captures a culture and a period of time that really resonates with me. It is a historical report.
There is not much more I can say about this movie. I loved it, and I think everyone should see it. Black, white, or baby poop-colored…everyone can enjoy it. I give it five out of five. Go see that shit, cuz!