Friday, August 14, 2015

Straight Outta Compton

Rated R / 2 hr 27 min / Biography - Drama

What is it about?

Straight outta Virginia, crazy movie reviewer named Brian. Making reviews that ain't lyin'. OK OK so I'm not Ice Cube. The movie follows the lives of the rap group NWA which includes Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, and Ice Cube in a cup with some vodka. They also had DJ Yella crayon and MC Ren n' Stimpy even though they are side characters in the grand scheme of things. This follows their story from the beginning when Dr. Dre was playing Liberace records in a club. The formation of Eazy-E's Ruthless Records with the rise of NWA. Ice Cube leaving to go play dominos professionally. Dr. Dre leaving to start Death Row Records with real inmates. Ice Cube's slow transition over to film with him writing the script for Friday. The film goes all the way up until Dr. Dre's departure from Death Row to form Aftermath Records.

You will like it if...

You like biopics about icons of hip hop and rap music industry. If you don't like the music of NWA, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, and Dr. Dre then you are unlikely to enjoy or could possibly be offended by portions of the film. The majority of the movie focuses on the lives and behind the scenes business dealings of the main characters. It is by no means a comprehensive look at the lives of the characters involved. It does hit all of the main points while presenting a message that is just as valid today as it was back then. I kept seeing things in this movie and thought this is exactly what the #BlackLivesMatter movement is all about. It's a shame that we haven't made any progress in these areas since the mid-1980's when the timeline of this movie starts. It is 30 years later and still no progress. That is only the first portion of the film. It then transitions to show how money comes in between people and causes more problems overall. Then there is the enigma that is Suge Knight whose character is entertaining overall when you read up on all of the craziness that surrounds him. If you are at all interested in the history of rap music, NWA, Dr. Dre, etc. then this is a must see.

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