Straight Outta Compton is a movie about the real-life rise of the rap group „N.W.A“ along with their experiences with racism, the police, poverty and success. The movie is based on real events and features actors portraying the real life artists Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, MC Ren, Ice Cube, and DJ Yella.
The movie was produced by Dr. Dre and Ice Cube, so the events in the movie are true to real-life. The plot follows the rise of the rap group N.W.A from the ghetto of Compton to their rise to the top of the music charts. In the end, N.W.A becomes one of the most famous music and hip-hop groups of all the time. The movie also continues portraying the members of the group post-N.W.A, till coming to the point of Eazy-E’s death due to AIDS, where the movie climax’s and then ends with Dr. Dre going to create his own, modern record label.
I thought the plot was excellent, it was engaging and although it was a bit vulgar sometimes, it was still enjoyable and realistic. Even though it was based on real events, it doesn’t seem to be staged or fake, it was almost like a documentary. There was a good mix of moments of jubilation and sadness. On one hand you feel both happy and sorry for the members of the rap group, and on the other viewers are sympathizing with their struggle trying to work their own way from the bottom to the top.
I thought the acting in the movie was great, each actor did an amazing job, especially Paul Giamatti, who played Jerry, the groups manager. Every actor however played their part very well, acting how I would expect their real life counterparts to act. Gary Gray, the director, also casted the actors very well, each one looked like the real life version of their character.
Overall, I loved the film, and thought it did a good job of telling a compelling, engaging story while still keeping the plot and scenes realistic. I felt as though I was being walked through the actual history of this group, and not shown a movie. And being able to watch them live the American dream of rising to the top from nothing was a very compelling experience, and I would love to do it again.
Napisao: Borna Markon