Monday, February 15, 2016

Reel Talk: Straight Outta of Compton

by DaCogNegro

Synopsis: In 1988, a groundbreaking new group revolutionizes music and pop culture, changing and influencing hip-hop is their story! 

Review:  Jason Mitchell and O'Shea Jackson Jr,who portray the late Eazy E and Ice Cube respectively, are indeed the stand outs in the slickly produced and well directed Straight Outta Compton, a film that serves as a candid and historical look at the  rise of one of the most infamous and controversial acts in music history: N.W.A. As with most biopics though, certain issues, such as Dr. Dre's history of assault on women and how the group's second offering strayed away from its' social commentary roots in favor of a more concentrated effort to glorify violence,misogyny and dug culture,are glossed over in order to paint the group  more as revolutionaries that broke boundaries in the realm of  freedom of speech and expression as oppose to artists who simply profited of the plight of the disfranchised. Police brutality and racial tension also play a huge role in the making and marketing of this film,  thus making it a timely piece that warrants further discussion outside of theater. Whatever stance the viewer decides to take when it comes to N.W.A, heroes that utilized their talent to escape environments filled with death and despair or Benedicts who have enjoyed the spoils from the war on empowerment, Straight Outta Compton will enable you to credibly support your view. (B )-CgN

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