Straight Outta Compton (2015) – Short Review

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Review: Exactly mirroring violent, candid, and depressing lyrics of gangsta rap behemoth, N.W.A a.k.a Niggaz Wit Attitudes, Straight Outta Compton is an unapologetic biopic of 5 Compton buddies rising from crime-laden suburb into million-dollar worth popularity.

F. Gary Gray’s directorial attempt is explicitly brutal and confident. However, the script seems loose in containing ‘what it meant to deliver’ in one vault—resulting in unequal storytelling. The first half is the most upbeat and power-house journey to controversial stardom with pumped-up energy—where the violent and straightforward lays. Meanwhile, the second half is a little letdown with unbalance portion of narrating the group’s downfall for several factors—Ice Cube’s departure, Jerry Heller’s fraud, and Eazy-E’s tragic death. 

Straight Outta Compton (2015)

Biography, Crime, Drama, Music Directed by: F. Gary Gray Written by: Jonathan Herman (screenplay), Andrea Berloff (screenplay) Starred by: O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason MitchellPaul Giamatti Runtime: 147 mins Rated R


5 responses

  1. I liked it more than you, but agree the first half is clearly stronger than the second. By the way, you might want to change “Xzibit’s departure” to Ice Cube’s.

    1. My point is, the transition between the energetic first half to a more depressing second half is not smooth at all, and that’s a letdown to me.

      Oh my bad! How could I write xzibit if what I mean is Ice Cube. Edited.

  2. I liked his movie a lot more than I thought I would but I agree completely that the first half was much stronger than the second. By the way, F. Gary Gray has actually directed quite a few movies.

    1. Glad you agree with that! Given the 2 and a half hour duration, that’s a hardwork.
      Oh my bad again, I read everywhere it’s his debut. My bad, if so.

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