Straight Outta Compton Is Fantastic

I can’t get over this movie. I’ve seen “Straight Outta Compton” three times now. How crazy is it that Ice Cube has a clone? I don’t believe that’s his son, O’Shea Jackson Jr. I’m pretty sure that dude had himself cloned, and then raised it as his son.

Obviously, I’m kidding, but the resemblance is uncanny. I know that happens with fathers and sons, but I don’t look like that much like my father. Neither does my brother.

Which one is which? You tell me. (Yahoo Movies)
Which one is which? You tell me. (Yahoo Movies)

Let’s keep it focused on the actors. Everyone in the flick gives a solid performance, but three of the cast members are on another level. First, there’s Cube’s son, who we mentioned. He’s great. So is Jason Mitchell, who plays Eazy-E.

Some people have issue with the way that Eazy was portrayed. Master P is the big one. He was quoted as saying:

“The N.W.A. movie, I really didn’t like Eazy-E’s character. I liked the movie but I knew Eazy-E. He was a real street guy. I know Eazy-E, I know the truth. All that stuff isn’t really how Eazy-E was. [Suge Knight putting his hands on Eazy-E?] Come on man, you couldn’t do Eazy-E like that. Not the Eazy-E I knew. I knew it was going to be repercussions. So you know, a lot of people change their lives and grew up but at the same time, I feel like the Eazy-E character wasn’t all the way portrayed. This guy was on the streets, he’s the one who made the money and put everybody behind him. That’s what I didn’t really feel like was portrayed. … They did their thing, it was a great movie but that’s just my opinion.”

Seems fair. He wasn’t over the top about it, or anything. He simply stated his opinion. I didn’t know Eazy personally, though. All I saw was a full, passionate performance from an impressive actor.

I saw the same from Corey Hawkins, who played Dr. Dre. He was so good, that even Dee Barnes complimented his performance in the essay she wrote for Gawker. If you haven’t read that, by the way, then you need to click on the link I provided.

Aldous Hodge was also in this, playing MC Ren. He was fine, but I couldn’t help but imagine Ren shanking Sam Winchester (people don’t forget, Hodge, people don’t forget). Rounding out the rest of the cast, there was Neil Brown Jr. as DJ Yella, Paul Giamatti as Jerry Heller, Marlon Yates Jr. as The D.O.C, and R. Marcos Taylor as Suge Knight. Keith Stanfield and Tupac’s ghost also made appearances, as Snoop and Pac, respectively.

All in all, the cast is dynamite.

The music is even better, but that’s a little unfair. After all, it’s N.W.A. They were pioneers in the rap game. Their shit was always dope.

“Dopeman” is my favorite track from the movie.

Even though it’s not in the movie (at least I don’t think it is), I am also a big fan of “Something 2 dance 2.”

It’s just so damn funky.

There’s so much more. Seeing this movie as many times as I have, has me listening to N.W.A around the clock.  I can’t help it.

I even watched “Welcome To Death Row,” which I highly recommend.

WRAP-UP

This is the best hip-hop biopic of all time, blowing “Notorious” out of the water. The performances are great, and the music is even better. The two and a half hour runtime flies by, leaving you wishing that they had made it even longer. I would’ve happily sat through the four hour version of this story.

RATING

8/10

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Walter Winchester
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