By: Cole Weinstein
Rating: 4/5 stars
“The Social Network.” “The Iron Lady". "Capote.” “Erin Brockovich.” “Lincoln.” These films are considered to be some of the best biopics of our generation. There is only one problem: they are all about white people. Besides the occasional film about Malcolm X or Selma, few films are made about historical people of color. Don't get me wrong. All of these films are great and important but they lack the diversity needed to show the entire human experience. Enter “Straight Outta Compton,” a loud and unapologetic film that pulls no punches, a lot like N.W.A, the rap group it focuses on. The film chronicles the rise to fame of rappers Ice Cube (O'Shea Jackson Jr.), Dr. Dre (Corey Hawkins), and Eazy-E (Jason Mitchell) and their rap group N.W.A. while tackling issues like racism, sex, and violence.
By far this movie's biggest asset is that it is able to handle these tough and relevant topics while also telling the story of three larger-than-life characters, and on top of all of that being one of the most fun movies of the entire year. “Straight Outta Compton” has a great vibe filled with phenomenal music and a surprising amount of humor.
All of the performances were good, especially O'Shea Jackson Jr., who is actually Ice Cube’s son in real life. Jason Mitchell also was extremely good as Eazy-E and so was Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre, although there was one scene in particular where he wasn’t very believable. Paul Giamatti (Jerry Heller) and R. Marcos Taylor (Suge Knight) were also very good in this movie.
Overall this is a really good movie that did a lot of things well, including the representation of people of color, but the 2 hour and 27 minute runtime was just too long. On top of that, the movie had a really sudden ending. It felt like a 3 hour movie that was cut down. While it did have an amazing end credit tribute to N.W.A., the film really ended on a flat note. Even so this is a great movie, and the more money it makes, the better a chance we have for more biopics and stories about people with color. Make sure to go see it.
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