When it comes to movies, there are three elements to a movie: originality, content, and how the message gets across to the attendees of particular films. Straight Outta Compton brought originality, had exceptional content, and the message to the film about supergroup NWA was all about clear to those who viewed the film.
Director F. Gary Gray took the vision of what NWA, or Niggas With Attitude, really stood for, what their vision what, as well as the life they lived pre-NWA life and post-NWA life. He brought the vision of what and who NWA really were to the big screen, as well bringing the element of hip hop and culture together all into one film. In addition, he brought the idea of how NWA isn’t just the group that we all know, love, and respect: it is a group that was for the people and about the people.
Throughout the film, you can tell that each character embodied each member within NWA and everyone that was involved in their lives, including family, friends, coworkers, business partners, and even enemies. O’Shea Jackson Jr., who plays his father in the film, personified his father as if he was Ice Cube himself. In addition, he studied his father very well and you can tell that he really got into character from beginning to end.
Neil Brown Jr. and Aldis Hodge did an excellent job on playing the roles of MC Ren and DJ Yella. In the film, they really took on the roles of who MC Ren and DJ Yella were, as well as staying true to their character. I really felt that they did a great job on their roles and embodied them very well.
If you were wondering who played the role of the legendary Dr. Dre and did it well, Corey Hawkins is your man. He played the role very well and for a second, you would’ve thought he was Dr. Dre in his younger days. In addition, I felt that Hawkins personified Dr. Dre in a way that makes him the man he is today: an icon.
Last but never least: the late but legendary Eazy E. Jason Mitchell took on the role of E and embodied it so well. You can tell that Mitchell did his homework and studied Eazy E to the FULLEST. His character was also one that you would’ve thought Eazy E’s spirit is living through him. In addition, Mitchell did a perfect job of playing E by bringing out the character of Eazy E and how many people knew and loved him.
With many other characters throughout the film, the film was one that grasped your attention and leaved you wanting more. There was so much in the film that I wish there was more of, but then again the film would’ve been more than two hours. In addition, the film also made you want to appreciate hip-hop more as a culture and how it grew since NWA days. NWA weren’t just rappers. They were artists. They told a story through their music.
The film also went in-depth about their lives as well as how their friendship and music made them who they are still known for today: one of the greatest rap groups of all time. Of course we all know them for hits such as “Fuck The Police” and “Straight Outta Compton” and “Boyz In The Hood” and many other singles. However, no one knew about the things that were going on until this film, as well as the group facing many encounters of police brutality and how they overcame every obstacle faced in their path.
As I’ve already stated, this film brings so much emotion out of you. From laughter to anger to tears within the 3 hour film, this film also pulls you in and makes you imagine your self in the position that many people put them in, as well as how they had to go through A LOT to get to the point they are right now within their separate lives.
If you are looking for a movie that is just any type of movie. Straight Outta Compton is a film that provides elements of hip-hop, experience, culture, life,fame, and many more to an audience ranging from ages 5 to 100. This film reminds us all that no matter where you come from, home is where the heart is.
I highly recommend everyone to see Straight Outta Compton. It is WORTH seeing.
Straight Outta Compton is in theaters now.