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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Straight Outta Compton: Movie Review

By: Lakwatsera Lovers  

In 1986 the young men of the streets of Compton, California avoids getting into trouble by doing rap music. Ice Cube (O’Shea Jackson, Jr.), Dr. Dre (Corey Hawkins), Eazy-E (Jason Mitchell), MC Ren (Aldis Hodge) and DJ Yella (Neil Brown, Jr.) formed a group called N.W.A. and released their first single that became a huge hit. Easy-E was approached by music manager Jerry Heller (Paul Giamatti), and their group started to rise to the top. However, authorities are against their music because of the vulgar lyrics and violent content. Things haven't go well either especially about the money as Ice Cube went solo. We follow the famous icons on their uphill battle on how they climb from the bottom all the way to the top.    
The film follows the lives of music icons and how they started their legacy. It introduces us the friendship, the battle and the color of their music that once changed our society. Even with a bloated run-time the film never losses the control and with a balance momentum, it managed to give equal time to every character. They also succeeded in illustrating the police brutality and discrimination they have to endure.
This music biopic is well directed thanks to F Gary Gray slick talent behind those cameras. He just made a powerful film on how hip-hop evolved and left a huge statement out of it. The film also has a tremendous set of cast that gave out a strong performance. Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell put in splendid show and O'Shea Jackson Jr. nailed it in becoming a perfect carbon copy to his dad. Paul Giamatti is straight forward in giving out the importance of his role in handling another outstanding performance. 
Overall, Straight Outta Compton is an electrifying dope biopic. It delivers the beats of their music while telling their rags-to-riches tale on an exceptional fashion.
Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 8.5 out of 10 stars 
Cast: O’Shea Jackson, Jr.,Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Aldis Hodge, Neil Brown, Jr.
Directed by:  F Gary Gray 
Distributed by: United International Pictures PH
Opens September 30 exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas  


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