Straight Outta Compton
By: Britney Broussard
Run Time: 2hrs. 30mins.
“Art is a reflection of reality,” spoken by Eazy E.
In Compton, CA, 1986, five artists with paintbrushes as their voices and music as their canvas took their art and spread it around the world.
Their art was unapologetic, rough, uncensored and held the truth. Who were these artists? Why they were the NWA (Niggas With Attitude): Eric Write a.ka. Eazy E, Lorenzo Peterson a.ka. DJ Ren, O’Shea Jackson a.k.a Ice Cube, Antoine Carraby a.ka. DJ Yella and Andre Young a.ka. Dre.
Five friends who wanted nothing more to make it out of Compton through their group NWA, starting their own record label called Ruthless. Drugs, gangs, gun shots, and being judged by the color of their skin and what they wore were their reality.
They said exactly how they felt and not everyone liked it. Especially the police maybe because they had a song called Fuck the Police.
This is their story. Making it out of Compton, going on tour and getting everything they dreamed of: money and women. But what happens when it becomes all about the money, egos get in the way, the group starts to fall apart, fans pressured into choosing their favorite artists while dealing with loss and slimy managers.
This movie will have you laughing, singing along to your favorite songs and might have you tearing up a little bit. This movie is for the fans: The ones who grew up listening to this group and for those who still listen to them. For the artists they paved the way for and for everyone one who has a dream of making it, whatever it is.
So go see Straight Outta Compton in theatres August 14, 2015, I promise you even though some of you already know what happens, it is still a great movie and surprisingly better than I thought it would be.
And to the actors, who played NWA: O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Ice Cube), Corey Hawkins (Dr. Dre) Jason Mitchell (Eazy E), Neil Brown Jr. (DJ Yella) and Aldis Hodge (DJ Ren) along with Director F. Gary Gray get an A+ in my book for letting the characters shine through so that the audience didn’t see five actors but a flashback of their favorite artists.
Nothing else to say but, Bye Felicia!