Straight Outta Compton: Movie Review

It's never easy to make an autobiographical film. There's always the case of mixing history and what's going to look good on film. "Straight Outta Compton" had to deal with a myriad cast of characters and a whole lot of music and history. While the end result felt a little bit long, the whole experience completely left us blown away. If you've never heard of N.W.A., a casual fan or a hardcore one, "Straight Outta Compton" will definitely please.

In 1987, five young men, using brutally honest rhymes and hardcore beats, put their frustration and anger about life in the most dangerous place in America into the most powerful weapon they had: their music. Taking us back to where it all began, this is the true story of how these cultural rebels — armed only with their lyrics, swagger and raw talent — stood up to the authorities who meant to keep them down and formed the world’s most dangerous group, N.W.A. And as they spoke the truth that no one had before and exposed life in the ’hood, their voice ignited a social revolution that is still reverberating today.

"Straight Outta Compton" feels and looks legit. It really felt like an accurate portrayal of how a genre of music was created and revolutionized America by a group of young and heavily discriminated men. It is a film that is not only about the music but has a deeper message about race and society's inclinations. All of these would not have been possible without great acting and in this case, this is what propels "Straight Outta Compton" to unreachable heights. Even with a mostly novice cast, everything felt eerily real. These actors captured every nuanced movement and voice of each of his character. More so, every relationship, good or bad, also seemed deep and genuine. Honestly though, the only thing that we can gripe about the film is its rather long running time. Given its huge list of supporting cast, this couldn't have been avoided but we wished that some could have been cut given how fast their actual on screen time was. Overall, "Straight Outta Compton" is an astounding biographical film that was successful in capturing the ups and downs of the rise and fall of the N.W.A.

Rating: 4 and a half reels

Why you should watch it:
- an astounding biographical film
- great and eerily lifelike acting

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- feels a little bit too long

Photos care of United International Pictures.

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