Straight Outta Compton (2015)
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Straight Out of Compton is a biopic about gangster rap supergroup NWA that seems very relevant in today's climate, where police brutality and racial inequality seem to hit the headlines on a regular basis, but still feels suspect because it was made by the people whose lives are being told. There aren't a lot of AUTObiographies in film, but that shouldn't necessarily be off-limits, should it? I'm seeing it less as an air-tight historical document, and more like what it FELT like to be an NWA member. It's certainly got the attitude. It doesn't gloss over the wrong-doing TOO much, and isn't TOO self-serving. It's not boring certainly, though my favorite parts are definitely up front, when the group is dealing with iniquities and police harassment. Once success leads to decadence and in-fighting, it starts feeling like every other "American success story", and you just wait for everything to fall apart. It does, but it's not the end for them (obviously). Entertaining, and it might make you want to discover the music all over again, or for the first time. And wow, Ice Cube's kid looks JUST LIKE HIM. Uncanny.
I could easily have watched another 2 or 3 hours of this. When it finished I was thinking "Wait, there's more!" Another 20 years they could have covered.
Some reviews said it was over-long, but I believe this is one of the few 2.5 hours films that completely earns every second of its run time. Not a boring moment.
It probably helps that I was learning a lot of the story for the first time. Those who know the story already might not enjoy the movie as much.
Ice Cube's son O'Shea Jackson Jr. does an amazing job for his first film, and all the actors greatly resemble who they should be playing, which really immerses you in the film.
Loved it, one of my favourites of 2015.
Excellent movie!!! 6 bags of popcorn!!
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This movie ranks #19 in IMDb's Music Top 50
This movie ranks #41 in IMDb's History Top 50
This movie ranks #688 in Box Office Mojo's All Time Adjusted Box Office
This movie ranks #815 in Box Office Mojo's All Time Worldwide Box Office