Straight Outta Compton - Recap Review

What's good

- Spot-on casting
- Strong and powerful performances throughout
- Great insight not only into how N.W.A. was formed but also into the life in the L.A. suburbs
- Nicely structured story devoting enough time to to each key member of the group

Racial tensions inbound.

What's bad

- Ice Cube's and Ice-T's depiction feels a bit too polished
- Occasionally derives into music biography clichees

"Yo, Dre. I got somethin' to say!"


- MC Ren and DJ Yella getting obviously sidelined throughout the movie.

You might as well just ignore the two right guys there.

The Verdict

Straight Outta Compton is a suprisingly varied and well balanced biography about one of Hip Hop's most influential artist groups.
Being exceptionally well cast with actors that happen to actually really look like young Dr. Dre, Eazy E, Ice Cube (played by Ice Cube's actual son), MC Ren and DJ Yella, Straight Outta Compton does a superb job in terms of presentation. This is only further boasted by some actually very good performances by the rather young actors that really sell the raw anger that made N.W.A.s lyrics so impactful during the time of their prime.
Yet, Straight Outta Compton is a biography movie that can be enjoyed not only by Hip Hop fans but also by everyone else who is simply interested in how life for black people in the suburbs of L.A. was and how the youth reacted to it. Once again, Straight Outta Compton does very well in handling its three big thematic pillars in its story. With that said, while of course the formation and musical career of N.W.A. remains the core of the experience, it all merges very well with the movie's depiction of suburbian life complete with its racial tensions between the black and white citizens (and especially the police), as well as each individual N.W.A. member's personal struggles regarding family life and fame.
Even despite the fact that Dr. Dre's and Ice Cube's depiction might come off as quite a bit too tame and polished in the longrun and some occasional biography movie clichees being used here and there, it's all a fairly well round up and entertaining package. Ultimately, Straight Outta Compton succeeds in generating some fascination with the gangster rap culture and the N.W.A. members even if you are not necessarily a fan of their music or messages.

Final Verdict: 7 out of 10

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