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I'm not a rap fan by any stretch, but we decided to see it anyhow. We were both knocked over by the story, the music and the performances. This was a turbulent time in the U.S. (not that things have improved all that much) and NWA stood up against the powers that be to tell their truth about how African-Americans were being treated, by law enforcement and others in control. If vulgarity and the use of the N word (to excess, IMHO) really upset you, you will have an issue with the movie. But look past that and you'll find a movie that makes a powerful statement. I'm 71, but I always try to keep an open mind. In this case, it paid off.
I am a sucker for films based on famous musical acts and while I am not the biggest fan of Hip-Hop music I truly appreciate the messages that were being sent back in the days of its humble origins.
Unlike today this genre of music does not emphasize on the struggles of the community and the change and equality it hopes will emerge from these messages. 'Straight Outta Compton' is a story told with great pace, fantastic acting and some true moments that will resonate emotionally. Any fan of this group of artist will love the moments when the songs are written and performed in concert. I was actually surprised that this film did not get more Oscar buzz.
This is a film that I have already watched multiple times and am proud to have as a part of my collection.
This movie is enlightening on so many levels. Even if the music doesn't take you back to some good/crazy times in your life like it did me. I think its important for people to see the struggles and challenges that were overcome for these men to reach the level of success that they did....and we also get a nice look at the dirty m'fer Suge Knight. -_- Whether you like this type of music or not, this film is captivating. It makes you laugh, it makes you sad, and it makes you mad. Anytime a movie can take me on that kind of emotional roller-coaster is a huge plus for me.
Straight Outta Compton is an epic bio-pic about the controversial pioneers of gangsta rap--N.W.A. that effectively raised the bar for any future music/bio-pics. The movie chronicles N.W.A's rise to fame in the late 80s, to their split in the 90s and it's a story you can't turn away from. The movie is graced with a cast of brilliant new actors that not only look like their real life counterparts, but deliver performances so convincing you believe you're right back in that terrifying era of rap music where lyrics on wax had real life consequences. The film's social messaging about police brutality serves as a poignant remember that the social battles of today, were the same battles of their time. The strength of the Straight Outta Compton lies in the characters who are portrayed as flawed, yet determined young men who formed a powerful bond that's shattered by the lure of fame and brought back together by the realities of mortality. Rap aficionados will love the glorious recreated concert sequences and the stand-out performances by O'Shea Jackson Jr as Ice-Cube (Ice Cube's real-life son) and Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E will have fans downloading the soundtrack immediately after watching the film. Straight Outta Compton is a must-see movie for not only music fans, but for anyone who believes that words have power. The Oscars may have overlooked this film for Best Picture, but films box-office success is proof this film can't be denied.
For my thoughts on the theatrical cut, you can visit its Amazon page. As for this extended Director's Cut, I honestly couldn't tell where they added a lot of material. There didn't seem to be any new scenes, but what I did notice was extra material added to the beginning or ending of scenes, extending them by a small amount. As I had hoped, most of it fleshed out the story a little more instead of just adding extra material for the sake of it. Overall, I enjoyed the film more the second go-round, although the weaknesses in the second half still remain. Another thing I noticed, or considered, is the possibility that some scenes were probably constructed specifically for the film (all in the second half). Although maybe not 100% accurate to real life, I thought that some conversational scenes dealing with the prospect of bringing NWA back together (before Eazy-E's illness and death), regardless of whether or not they actually happened, worked dramatically and allowed some partial closure to what was one of music's most infamous breakups. Thinking back on the two times I've watched STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON now, I have to consider this a new standard for musical biopics. More than just relaying a series of events, it touches on issues that unfortunately still remain relevant, namely the struggle between artists and management and, more importantly, the often contentious relationship between cops and the people they're supposed to serve. In this way, I think the film really captured the zeitgeist of this day and age, and will endure as a staple of its genre.
Reviewed in the United States on September 3, 2016
This movie is a great retelling of some famous cultural icons. If you loved nwa but knew very little of their background, this movie will give it to you.
My husband and I grew up in LA at that time. To see the movie brings up some memories of not so great times. I know the movie is more like a biography but there are some important historical events that we should never forget. Moved to tears in some scenes while laughing in others. The music is great especially with a sub woofer. But in the end all you really need to know is... bye Felicia!
5.0 out of 5 starsStraight Outta Compton - or 'How It Really Was'
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 4, 2017
Fair enough, there was some controversy from others involved in the rap scene after this movie's release, but Straight Outta Compton is up there with movies like The Wolf Of Wall Street for me. Gritty, hard-hitting and, in some places, revealing. I'll get this out of the way from the off - I'm predominantly a rock and metal fan, but I do love Ice Cube and NWA, so this was one I was keen to check out. Covering various events from NWAs formation, the Rodney King incident, the breakdown and in-fighting between band members and a very hard-hitting piece of cinematography covering Eazy E's battle with AIDs and the impact his death had on the other members of NWA. It's quite scary to believe that Compton was really like this and the police gave these guys such a hard time for making music and birthing the entire genre of gangster rap, but this movie serves as a fantastic milestone for all who were involved and is a definitive piece of music history. You won't be disappointed with this one!
Now let's clear up something right from the off, this is a movie about a very controversial hip-hop group and the majority of the film will contain hip-hop music. If hip-hop is a genre of music you dislike then stay away from this movie as it will result in bias negative reviews judged purely on a preference. The film is in my eyes one of the best of 2015. Went to see this in cinemas and got this blu-ray on release day. The performances of the actors is convincing, raw and refreshing delivering a believable atmosphere and story. For me personally the actor as Dr. Dre stole the show as he had the biggest variety of emotional performances to give and his character development meant switching up his acting style to really show the origin of hip hops pioneer realistically. The soundtrack is authentic and hip hop/ nwa fans will love everything from seeing Eazy-E's hilarious first recording session, a young ice cubes back story stretching through to the early days of his acting career and the inclusion of the death row years in Dre's life showing how he eventually stood up to Suge Knight and created aftermath (a label which spawned one of the best rappers of the 21st century... A certain 'white boy'). Its an added bonus seeing a cameo of '2pac' and the extreme resemblence his actor has with the original rap artist who is also going to star in the upcoming Tupac movie. If you love hip-hop this is like a giant christmas present on a disc. The Blu-ray itself comes in a very smooth sleeve and Amazon delivered it in pristine condition. There is an extended cut albeit not a very noticeable difference to the original something its still a bonus and its crammed with special features for you to dig into. All in all this is a Blu-Ray worth buying simply because of how much the movie offers and how much more the disc gives with it. Nothing better than hearing 'straight outta compton' play in crisp quality audio; really brings the track to life much like this release does for the movie. MUST OWN*****
This film delivers a gritty and harrowing tale of real life in Compton, America. It shows how hard it was for anyone to survive, but through music we see the everyday battles these people went through.
Rappers Dr Dre and Ice Cube and many more are featured in this film. A promoter Jerry Helker, saw them, gave them a record deal, and soon they were famous. Ice Cube is played by O'Shea Jackson, Jr and Corey Hawkins plays Dr Dre. They give really great performances all. Though Women are not portrayed well- playthings. That is until Dr Dre finds his wife. Easy-E played by Jason Mitchell is brilliant. A young man running drugs until he was introduced to rap. The ups and downs of the music industry , drugs, money and the reality of life in Compton.
Overall a great film that really does make a biopic
5.0 out of 5 starsWitness the strength of street knowledge!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 4, 2018
I must admit I was sceptical about buying this. The film it's self is very good and depicts most major events that transpired during Easy E's short life in the music industry. There was a couple of little side bits I would like to have seen. All in all this is a fantastic tribute to the origins of gangsta rap and the struggle to survive from those who wished to silence street youth culture. R.I.P Easy E, you are sadly missed by all who grew up hearing your voice.
5.0 out of 5 starsbrilliant film about the music industry and corrupt record company managers
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 19, 2017
brilliant film and insight on how NWA developed as solo artists afterwards. From the first scene where we find out how ruthless records name came about with easy E drug deal and his customer calling him ruthless, to the band relationship with there manager. Great extra scenes and making of documentaries and booming soundtrack in HD quality with digital sound. I can watch this film again and again