Review of Straight Out of Compton
It must have been nine months between the time I saw the billboard for the film and it’s release. The anticipation had been building for nearly a year, and I was sure that I had overhyped myself and set my expectations too high. Not the case. It exceeded my expectations in every way.
It’s so easy to forget how it was before rap music and hip hop were accepted by the masses. Now the younger generations can understand how powerful rap music is, and how culturally important it is to American history and culture. These dudes were trailblazers and knocked down the doors to so much talent that wasn’t being let in.
I’ve worked in the music business my entire career, so if there was any negative, it was how once again, filmmakers can’t seem to nail the music business characters in movies. Maybe Paul Giomati didn’t do his research or dig in to his character as much as he normally does. It’s a combination of the screenplay making music business a little more dramatic than it really is, and I just think Paul was not believable at times.
On the other hand, the actors that played N.W.A. were all amazing, and I thought I was watching the real group from the moment the movie started. The casting and acting are Oscar and Golden Globe worthy.
My favorite scene in the movie was the first time Ice Cube performs with Dre in a club. The early rendition of “Straight Out of Compton” when Dre walks out and says “Yo Dre, I Got Something To Say”, was exactly how you hoped it be. Pure talent and lyrical genius.
The portrayal of Easy E was unexpected and made the difference in a good movie and great movie. His name and reputation are now restored. For the legacy of Easy E alone, this movie needed to be made.
The portrayal of Dre and Ice Cube also shed light on why these two are some of the most successful musicians in history and powerful voices in the music business. My respect for them has gone way up. Not that these weren’t two of my favorites already, but they had become so big that you almost forgot how they became big. So well deserved.
This movie really brought me back to my teen years when rap music was so powerful and affected me. I was angry. Music on the radio didn’t appeal to me. The movie really brought the album to life, and it should hold a place as one of the greatest albums of all time, any genre.